Prashant Bhushan Says Rakesh Asthana’s Appointment as CBI Special Director is Illegal as His Name Features in Sterling Biotech Diary
New Delhi, Oct 23: Senior advocate and anti-corruption activist, Prashant Bhushan has called Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special director ‘illegal’. He said that the officer’s name figured in the diary of Sterling Biotech case, on which the body registered an FIR recently.
“Rakesh Asthana’s name figures in the diary of Sterling Biotech case, on which CBI itself has registered an FIR,” ANI quoted him as saying.
“In my view, this is totally illegal and we will certainly challenge it,” he added.
Prashant Bhushan attacked the Central government, saying that it was hell-bent on destroying the independence and integrity of the CBI.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) on Sunday Asthana a special director– the second most powerful position in the central agency. The Gujarat-cadre IPS officer was an additional director before his elevation to the post. He has been handling several high-profile cases including the AgustaWestland scam.
The CBI had booked three senior officers of the Income Tax department in connection with alleged money paid to them in a diary, which was recovered from IT raids six years ago.
The agency has registered a FIR against Sunil Kumar Ojha, Principal Commissioner, Income Tax, Guntur, Subhash Chandra, Commissioner, Income Tax, Thane and Manas Shankar Ray, Commissioner, Income Tax, Ahmedabad.