Amid a public spat between the CBI's top two officials Director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, Asthana has approached the Delhi High Court to quash an FIR registered against him by the CBI.
In an unprecedented move, the CBI registered an FIR against Asthana, his Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar and two alleged middlemen Somesh Prasad and Manoj Prasad on the basis of a statement from Hyderabad-based businessman Sana Sathish Babu that a bribe was paid to the middlemen to get relief from repeated questioning by Asthana's Special Investigation Unit.
Asthana had alleged that he had moved a file for the arrest of Sana on 20 September 2018, which was held by CBI Director Alok Verma and was later referred to Director of Prosecution who demanded the evidence file.
The CBI arrested Kumar in the case and sought a 10-day remand for him.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has summoned Verma and Asthana over the public spat that has been playing out in the media in the last couple of days.