CBI arrests officer Devender Kumar in bribery case against agency’s number two Rakesh Asthana

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PM Narendra Modi has summoned CBI chief Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana.

New Delhi:

In the middle of a massive fight within the country's top investigating agency CBI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has summoned the agency's two top men. This is after the CBI or Central Investigation Agency filed a bribery case against its number two officer, Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who had written to the government listing several charges against his boss, the agency's director Alok Verma.

The case has taken a political twist with Congress president Rahul Gandhi targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the infighting and accusing him, again, of making the agency a weapon of political vendetta. Sources in the PM's office say the CBI has not sought permission to act against its officer, Mr Asthana, as is required in such cases.

The CBI today arrested an officer who worked with Rakesh Asthana, Devender Kumar.

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The CBI's First Information Report (FIR) against Rakesh Asthana is based on the claims of Sathish Sana, a Hyderabad-based businessman investigated in connection with meat exporter Moin Qureshi, who is accused of money-laundering.

Sathish Sana has alleged that he was asked to pay a bribe of Rs 5 crore to Mr Asthana, the investigating officer, to be rid of the case. Manoj Prasad, an investment banker based in Dubai, was allegedly the middleman who asked him to pay this bribe.

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