The infighting within the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is becoming murkier by the day. Allegations and counter-allegations have been flying thick and fast with no solution apparent. In an unprecedented move, the CBI has gone ahead and filed a case against Special Director Rakesh Asthana levelling charges of bribery in the meat exporter Moin Qureshi's case. Important to note here is that Moin Qureshi’s case is being investigated by CBI’s Special Investigation Team which is headed by Rakesh Asthana.
The timing of the FIR is certainly questionable given the fact that the complainant, Hyderabad-based businessman Satish Babu Sana, was being examined by Asthana’s team in the same case.
Republic TV has accessed a sensational top secret letter written by Asthana to the CVC. This is the latest letter written by Asthana on October 19.
“On receipt of information that Satish Babu paid illegal gratification to Alok Verma, Director, CBI, the same was brought to the notice of the Cabinet Secretary, GoI by Rakesh Asthana, SD, CBI vide letter dated 24.08.2018. CVC initiated an enquiry and sought relevant files,” reads the letter written by Rakesh Asthana. He alleges that bribe was paid to CBI director Alok Verma to settle a case against Satish Sana.
The allegation is that Manoj Prasad and his brother promised Satish Sana that if he paid the bribe the case would be settled. Satish Sana allegedly paid a bribe to Director Alok Verma for (allegedly) scuttling the probe.
The letter also reads that during the interrogation in January, Sana gave a statement that to settle the case he met MP of Telugu Desam Party (CM Ramesh) who in turn met the Director of the CBI for settlement of the case.
On September 20, 2018, arrest proposal for custodial interrogation of Satish Sana was moved for approval of the Director, CBI by Rakesh Asthana. But after four days, the file was moved to the Director of Prosecution.
On this, the CBI claims that “contention that Director, CBI made an attempt to stop the arrest of Sana is false and malicious. The allegation has been made to deflect the charge of receipt of bribe money by CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana and the other public servant named in the FIR. The case against the public servants relates to transactions beginning in December 2017, in a case registered in Feb 2017, whereas the arrest proposal was moved only on 12.9.2018.”
Asthana in his letter also claims that on September 15, 2018, Satish Sana tried to flee to Dubai from Hyderabad airport. He was prevented by the immigration because of the Look Out Circular issued against him on the instructions of Rakesh Asthana. CBI says that, “allegations that Director CBI was not aware of LoC issued against Satish Sana is incorrect. Director CBI had seen and ratified the proposal to issue LOC on 21.05.2018.”
“It is clear that active efforts are underway to falsely implicate me. In the light of above, the commission may kindly expeditiously transfer the investigation and supervision of 8 cases to the SIT as requested by undersigned in the earlier letters in the interest of justice and in the spirit of principles of nature of justice,” reads the letter written by Asthana to CVC.
Here is the full letter, including the request for the transfer of eight cases:
Satish Sana is one of the witnesses in a case pertaining to Moin Qureshi. Based on Sana’s complaint, CBI has filed an FIR against Asthana.