Sterling Biotech bribery case: CBI issues clean chit issued to Rakesh Asthana

In the Sterling Biotech bribery case of the Vadodara-based Sandesara brothers, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a clean chit to Gujarat cadre IPS officer and currently chief of the BSF and NCB, Rakesh Asthana.

For certain handwritten diaries maintained by the Sandesara brothers, Mr. Asthana, who is also the front runner for the position of the next CBI chief, was under the scanner, in which, according to the allegations, Mr. Asthana was the "beneficiary" of unaccounted cash. In connection with a $5,383-crore bank loan fraud lawsuit, the Sandesara brothers and other Sterling Biotech directors are fugitives and wanted by Indian agencies.