CBI vs CBI: Delhi HC directs agency to maintain status quo against Rakesh Asthana till Nov 1
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CBI vs CBI: Delhi HC directs agency to maintain status quo against Rakesh Asthana till Nov 1

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The CBI's Number 2 officer Rakesh Asthana, who challenged the bribery charges against him, can't be arrested till Thursday, the Delhi High Court said today. The CBI was asked to maintain status quo on proceedings against its Special Director, who was sent on leave by the government, till November 1.

A bench of Justice Najmi Waziri questioned the Central Bureau of Investigation for not filing reply to requests of Mr Asthana and another official seeking quashing of the First Information Report.

Rakesh Asthana had written to the Chief Vigilance Commission, the top anti-corruption watchdog, that it was his boss, CBI director Alok Verma, who had taken bribe from a Hyderabad-based businessman being investigated by the agency.

The Hyderabad-based businessman who accused Mr Asthana of bribe-taking asked for protection after being summoned by the investigation agency today for questioning. The complainant, Satish Sana, has asked the Supreme Court for interim protection.

As the infighting withing the country's premier investigating agency escalated, Mr Asthana and Mr Verma were sent on compulsory leave last week. M Nageswar Rao was appointed as the interim CBI chief. Mr Verma approached the Supreme Court against the government for divesting him of his powers. The top court said a vigilance inquiry against him would be time-bound and monitored by an ex-judge.

The top court hasn't given...

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