Bribery charge involving Rakesh Asthana: Delhi court denies bail to alleged middleman Manoj Prasad

A Delhi court on November 3 dismissed the bail application of Manoj Prasad, an alleged middleman arrested in connection with the bribery allegations involving the CBI’s special director Rakesh Asthana.

Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann denied bail to Mr. Prasad, saying it was not a fit stage to grant him relief.

The CBI opposed the application, saying the accused was an influential person and if released on bail, he may tamper with the ongoing probe and flee from justice.

In his bail application, Mr. Prasad said he was not required for custodial interrogation and no purpose would be served by keeping him in further custody. Mr. Prasad, arrested on October 17, is now in judicial custody.

On October 31, the court granted bail to CBI DSP Devender Kumar, co-accused in the case, after the agency did not oppose his bail petition.

The CBI registered an FIR against Mr. Asthana and others on a written complaint of businessman Sathish Sana on October 15.

Besides Mr. Asthana, Mr. Prasad and Mr. Kumar, another alleged middleman Somesh Prasad has also been named as an accused in the case

The FIR alleged that Mr. Kumar, being the Investigating Officer (IO) in the case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, was repeatedly calling the complainant to the CBI office to harass him and compel him to pay a bribe of ₹5 crore for getting a clean chit in the case.

The complaint also alleged that a part of the bribe was paid by Mr. Sana.

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