There is an important hearing in the Delhi High Court on Friday about the controversy of CBI Director Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana. At the same time, Alok Verma has filed a notice in the Delhi High Court. Alok Verma has said in his reply that what Rakesh Asthana has accused him over is baseless. The CBI Director said that all allegations made by petitioner Asthana are hypothetical and are part of their thinking. Alok Verma, in his reply to the High Court, said that section 17A of PC Act does not apply to Rakesh Asthana, as the FIR was registered later and the primary investigation was done earlier. In the case of hawala and money laundering, the CBI had filed a case against Rakesh Asthana, its own Special Director for allegedly taking a bribe to give clean chit to Mita businessman Moin Qureshi. Asthana is accused that he had sought a bribe of Rs 5 crore through two intermediaries from a merchant from Hyderabad in the Moin Qureshi case.
Alok Verma further said that before any FIR was lodged against Rakesh Asthana, no rule was bypassed. Actually, the court was told by Asthana that an FIR had been lodged against them, keeping the rules against them and the director did all this to arrest them. Rakesh Asthana and Devendra Kumar have approached the court to cancel the FIR lodged against them in the Delhi High Court. Four cases have been heard in the court and the High Court has stayed the arrest of Rakesh Asthana. Today the hearing in the High Court will be very important and see how much the court is satisfied with the response of the CBI director Alok Verma. On Thursday, the Supreme Court has secured its decision after hearing all the parties on the battle between the two CBI officers.