New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on pleas of CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana and others seeking the quashing of FIR against them on bribery allegations.

Justice Najmi Waziri concluded the arguments in which CBI Director Alok Verma maintained that all mandatory procedures of law were followed while registering an FIR against Asthana on bribery allegations.

The complainant Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana had alleged to have paid bribe to get relief in a case.

Sana had also made allegations of corruption, extortion, high-handedness and serious malpractice against Asthana.

The FIR was also lodged against DSP Devender Kumar.

In the last hearing, CBI Director Alok Verma told the Delhi High Court that all mandatory procedures of law were followed while registering an FIR against Special Director Rakesh Asthana on bribery allegations.

On the other hand, Asthana’s counsel submitted before Justice Najmi Waziri that he was maliciously harassed and there was no evidence against him.

He added that the CBI did not take sanction from the Central government before lodging of the FIR against Asthana as mandated under Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.

Kumar, earlier the investigating officer in a case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi, was arrested on the allegations of forgery in recording the statement of businessman and complainant Sathish Babu Sana who had alleged to have paid bribe to get relief in the case.

Sana had also made allegations of corruption, extortion, high-handedness and serious malpractices against Asthana.

Sana, on whose complaint the FIR was lodged, has also approached the high court seeking to be heard as a party in the matter.

Additional Superintendent of Police S S Gurm has also filed a similar plea in the court to be impleaded as a party. The court is yet to decide both the pleas.