A CBI officer who led an investigation against the agency’s number two officer Rakesh Asthana today claimed before the Supreme Court that a union minister of state took “a few crores” as bribe to intervene on behalf of a businessman on the agency’s radar. CBI officer Manish Kumar Sinha, who has petitioned the court against his transfer to Nagpur as part of a sudden shake-up in the agency last month, told the court today that he had “documents that will shock the court”.
He said his transfer was aimed at “changing the course of the investigation” and help Rakesh Asthana. “Nothing shocks us,” replied Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, rejecting his request for an urgent hearing.
Manish Sinha investigated allegations that Rakesh Asthana, the CBI number two, had taken bribe to help a Hyderabad-based businessman, Satish Sana, linked to an investigation. Sana is a co-accused in multiple cases being investigated against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, who is accused of money laundering. Rakesh Asthana had alleged that Sana had bribed CBI Director Alok Verma.