Rakesh Asthana Bribery Case: CBI Says Can’t Find Whistleblower Sana
"The complainant (Sana) was not available and he did not turn up against the summons issued," CBI said.
The new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigating officer in the bribery case against Special Director Rakesh Asthana told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that the complainant and whistleblower in the case, Sathish Babu Sana, was nowhere to be found.
Investigating officer Satish Dagar reportedly told the court, “The complainant (Sana) was not available and he did not turn up against the summons issued… We could not get anything other than what is already there (against Deputy SP Devendra Kumar).”
Dagar had earlier informed the court that Sana’s cell phone was switched off.
Co-accused in the bribery case, Kumar, was granted bail on Wednesday. During the proceedings, the investigating agency did not oppose Kumar’s bail plea. When Special CBI Judge Santosh Snehi Mann warned the Dagar that Kumar’s release on bail may “botch up” the case, Dagar replied, “Strictest conditions can be imposed (on Kumar).”
Sana’s statement was the basis of first information report (FIR) filed by the CBI against Asthana and Kumar. Sana had alleged that Asthana received a bribe of Rs 2 Crore in exchange giving a clean chit to Sana in an investigation relating to meat exporter Moin Qureshi. He also claimed that Kumar had “harassed” him by calling multiple times on pretext of investigating.
The Supreme Court had ordered that Sana be provided police protection, after he had petitioned the court stating that there was a threat to his life.
Dagar was brought in by the PMO to replace A K Bassi, who was originally investigating the bribery case against Asthana. Bassi was transferred to Port Blair “with immediate effect” on October 24. Bassi has filed a petition with the SC, challenging.