Giving another blow to CBI special director Rakesh Asthana, the CBI agency searched its own premises in New Delhi and arrested a member of its Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Asthana. Dy SP Devender Kumar, investigating officer in the Moin Qureshi case, was arrested for alleged “falsification of records” in connection with an FIR it registered against Asthana on October 15. It is alleged that the arrest of Devender Kumar will have the blessings of CBI chief Alok Verma, who is in a direct war with Rakesh Asthana.
CBI sources said the agency also searched the office of Devender Kumar and seized several documents. The “falsification of records” charge against Kumar has been made by the CBI in context of a statement Kumar took from Hyderabad businessman and Moin Qureshi case suspect Sana Satish Babu on September 26.
It was on Sana Satish Babu’s statement, subsequently recorded before a magistrate on October 4, that a CBI team under Additional Director A K Sharma registered a case of alleged bribery against Asthana and three others including Devender Kumar. In this statement, Babu told the CBI that the case against him had been settled through negotiations carried out by TDP MP C M Ramesh on his behalf with CBI Director Alok Verma. The CBI has called this statement fabricated. UNI