New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer AK Bassi who was investigating Special Director Rakesh Asthana moved Supreme Court challenging his transfer Tuesday. However, the Supreme Court refused to give an urgent hearing to Bassi.
Meanwhile, Bassi claimed that he has incriminating evidence against Special Director Rakesh Asthana in a bribery case and asks Supreme Court to call for evidence of technical surveillance. He also sought the setting up of a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to investigate charges against Asthana.
In his petition before the apex court, Bassi challenged his transfer and claimed that he has incriminating evidence against Asthana. He added that he has evidence of nearly Rs 3.3 crore bribe paid to those mentioned in the FIR. Citing WhatsApp messages and calls as evidence, Bassi challenged his transfer.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has allowed Sathish Sana, the complainant in Rakesh Asthana bribery case, to seek police protection as he had alleged threat to his life. The SC also refused to stay the CBI notice asking Sana to join the investigation. (Also Read: ‘First Unite CBI, RBI’, Says Former Gujarat CM; Takes Potshot at PM Modi’s “Statue of Unity” Project)
In a complaint to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), Asthana had alleged that Bassi was carrying out “detailed inquiries” against him on the directions of Alok Verma. Bassi was transferred to Port Blair following the disruption in the CBI last week when Asthana and agency director Alok Verma were stripped of all their charges.
The Delhi High Court has directed the CBI to maintain status quo till November 1 on the criminal proceedings initiated against Asthana, who has challenged the FIR lodged against him. The chaos in the top investigating agency has stemmed from a statement recorded by a Hyderabad-based real estate agent Sathish Sana whose role is being investigated by a team led by Asthana in a bribery case allegedly involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi.