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Delhi Court Grants Bail to CBI DSP in Asthana’s Team as Evidence Tampering Charge Adds New Twist

Special CBI Judge Santosh Snehi Mann granted the relief to Kumar and asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety of like amount. The CBI did not oppose his bail petition.

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Updated:October 31, 2018, 6:45 PM IST
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Delhi Court Grants Bail to CBI DSP in Asthana’s Team as Evidence Tampering Charge Adds New Twist
DSP Devender Kumar was arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana (PTI Photo)
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New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday granted bail to CBI DSP Devender Kumar arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving the agency's Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

Special CBI Judge Santosh Snehi Mann granted the relief to Kumar and asked him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety of like amount. The CBI did not oppose his bail petition.

In his bail application, Kumar had termed his custody "illegal" and urged the court to set him free. The application also said Kumar was ready to abide by the conditions imposed by the court while granting him bail.

During the hearing on Tuesday, Kumar had accused investigating officers close to director Alok Verma of manipulating the seizure memo by showing on record just one mobile phone during the searches at his office and residence on October 20.

He alleged that seven other mobile phones belonging to him were not shown in the search list for two days and may have been tampered with to fabricate evidence against him.

Kumar had claimed that he was falsely implicated in the case and that he was a victim of rivalry among the senior officers of the central probe agency.

Kumar and Asthana have already challenged the legality of the FIR filed against them. Besides them, two alleged middlemen - Manoj Prasad and Somesh Prasad - have also been named as accused in the case. The agency had earlier told the court that Kumar had tried to fabricate evidence during the investigation in another case.

Kumar had said he was investigating a case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, in which the complainant in the present case - Sathish Babu Sana - was a suspect and the names of some past and present senior CBI officers had surfaced.

Kumar had claimed that his arrest in the present case was motivated to stall the investigation in the case against Qureshi and that there was no direct allegation against him. If convicted, the accused may get a maximum 10-year jail term in the case.

The FIR in the current case was lodged on the basis of a written complaint from Sana on October 15, wherein it was alleged that Kumar, being the IO in the case against Qureshi, was repeatedly calling the complainant to the CBI office to harass him and compel him to pay a bribe of Rs 5 crore for getting a clean chit in the case. The complaint had also said a part of the bribe was paid by Sana.
| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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