HC dismisses plea of dentist for criminal prosecution of NCB chief

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New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the plea by a dentist seeking directions to the Centre, Central Vigilance Commission and CBI to investigate and launch criminal prosecution on his complaint against Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) chief Rakesh Asthana.

Justice Suresh Kait also imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on the petitioner - Dr Mohit Dhawan.

Advocate Sushil Tekriwal, who appeared fro the dentist, said that the amount has to be deposited in the high court within two weeks.

He said the detailed order containing all the reasons was not yet available, but one of the grounds of dismissal was that the plea was without any merits.

On February 12 the matter was listed before Justice Yogesh Khanna who had recused himself from hearing the matter and directed that it be listed before another bench.

The Chandigarh-based dentist had first moved the Supreme Court for criminal prosecution of Asthana based on his allegations that the NCB was indulging in extortion in connivance with other police officers.

However, he had on February 8 withdrawn the plea from the apex court and said that he would approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court to pursue the remedy.

Dhawan, in his petition, has contended that he had filed a complaint against Asthana, who also heads the BSF, before the CBI Director in 2019 but there has been no action or adjudication so far.

The plea in the top court had alleged that Central Vigilance Commission and the CBI were sitting over the complaint for more then 16 months and not updating the petitioner on the status of the action taken and hence criminal prosecution be initiated against all such erring persons. PTI HMP RKS RKS