Court Dismisses Middleman Prasad’s Bail Plea in Rakesh Asthana Bribery Case

Court Dismisses Middleman Prasad’s Bail Plea in Rakesh Asthana Bribery Case

New Delhi, November 3: A Delhi Court Special CBI Judge Santosh Snehi Mann today dismissed the bail application filed by Manoj Prasad, an investment banker and an alleged middleman, who is under judicial custody since October 17, in connection with the bribery allegations involving the CBI’s special director Rakesh Asthana and DSP Devender Kumar.

Manoj Prasad  through his bail application urged for relief stating that his custodial interrogation is neither required anymore nor it would serve any purpose.

However, the Court was not in favor of providing him bail stating that it was not a proper time to provide him relief in the matter.

The CBI also opposed the bail application filed by the Dubai based investment banker claiming that being an influential person he can hamper the ongoing probe and further added that the First Information Report filed in a bribery case against Asthana and other co-accused clearly indicates their involvement in cognisable offences.

The agency also registered it's apprehension that Prasad could leave the country for Dubai, though, in response  lawyer appearing on behalf of the Prasad said that they can submit an undertaking before the court that Prasad will not leave the country and would cooperate in the probe as and when required.

On October 15, the CBI booked a case against Asthana on the basis of a written complaint of businessman Sathish Sana, for allegedly taking a bribe in order to capsize the ongoing investigation in the case of meat exporter Moin Quereshi.

The FIR filed against Asthana along with Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar also accuses Manoj Prasad and his brother, Somesh Prasad

On October 31, the court granted bail to CBI DSP Devender Kumar, and the probe agency also did contest his bail application in the case.