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SC dismisses plea challenging Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as CBI special director

The Centre had opposed the plea, saying Asthana had an outstanding career and had supervised over 40 high-profile cases like coal scam, AugustaWestland scam, blackmoney and money laundering cases.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2017 12:42 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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File photo of senior Gujarat cadre IPS officer and special director of the CBI Rakesh Asthana.(HT Photo)

The Supreme Court dismissed on Tuesday a plea challenging appointment of senior Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as a special director of the CBI.

A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre said “the writ petition is dismissed”.

The top court had on November 24 reserved the order in the matter.

The Centre had opposed the plea, saying Asthana had an outstanding career and had supervised over 40 high-profile cases like coal scam, AugustaWestland scam, blackmoney and money laundering cases.

Common Cause, the petitioner NGO, had opposed Asthana’s appointment, saying it was illegal as his name had surfaced in a diary recovered during a raid conducted by the Income Tax department at the offices and other premises of company Sterling Biotech Ltd.

The Centre, however, had claimed that Asthana, who was earlier an additional director in CBI, was looking after its eleven zones.

First Published: Nov 28, 2017 11:00 IST