In connection with bribery allegations involving CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, a Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to Manoj Prasad, an alleged middleman. No purpose will be served by keeping him in further custody, said Special CBI judge Santosh Snehi Mann. Prasad was arrested on October 17.
On November 3, the court had denied bail to Prasad, saying it was not a fit stage to grant him relief. However, it had granted bail to co-accused and CBI DSP Devender Kumar on October 31.
Against Asthana and others, the agency had registered an FIR on a written complaint of businessman Sathish Sana on October 15. Besides Asthana, Prasad and Kumar, another alleged middleman Somesh Prasad has also been named as an accused in the case.
The FIR had alleged that Kumar, then Investigating Officer (IO) in the case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, repeatedly called the complainant to the CBI office to harass and compel him to pay a bribe of Rs 5 crore for getting a clean chit in the case.
The complaint had also alleged that a part of the bribe was paid by Sana.
(With PTI inputs)