NEW DELHI: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Devender Kumar moved to Delhi High Court on Tuesday challenging his arrest in connection with Special Director Rakesh Asthana bribery case.
Kumar was produced before Delhi's Patiala House Court later in the day, where CBI demanded police custody saying, "incriminating documents and evidence were found after raiding his office and residence."
Kumar was arrested Monday evening for alleged falsification of records in the bribery allegations into a corruption case involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi.
The matter relates to the creation of a false statement of businessman Sathish Sana, a witness in the Moin Qureshi case.
As per the records, the statement was recorded on September 26, 2018, in Delhi. However, it was found during the investigation that Sana was not present in Delhi and was in Hyderabad on that day. Sana actually joined investigation at Delhi on October 1.
In an unprecedented scenario, the agency booked its second-in-command Asthana, who's in an open feud with CBI chief Director Alok Verma, in a case of alleged bribery.
Asthana has been accused of favouring Sana in a case in lieu of bribe of Rs 5 crore received by middleman Manoj Prasad.
Late on Monday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped in amid the fracas between the top two officials
Late night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped in amid the fracas between the top two officials.
The PMO summoned CBI Director Alok Verma and Asthana in an apparent bid to put a lid on the open war between the two officials, who had levelled bribery allegations against each other.