Supreme Court To Hear Plea Against Rakesh Asthana's Appointment

Supreme Court To Hear Plea Against Rakesh Asthana

Supreme Court To Hear Plea Against Rakesh Asthana's Appointment 

New Delhi: The Top Court will hear a petition against Rakesh Asthana, the exiled CBI Number 2's appointment as Special Director of the agency.Ranjan Gogoi, the Chief Justice of India told senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan that the curative plea - the last legal remedy before the top court -  will be taken up on December 11.

The top court had last month, ruled that Mr Asthana will stay as Special Director of the investigating agency. The appointment "does not suffer from any illegality", said the court.

The court was told by the centre that he has an "outstanding career" and is investigating over 40 high profile cases including the VVIP chopper deal, the coal scam case and money laundering.

In October, the CBI no 2 Rakesh Asthana was sent on leave, hours before the government ordered the same step for his boss Alok Verma.

Mr Verma was accused by Mr Asthana of taking bribe from a Hyderabad-based businessman being investigated by the agency. Mr Asthana was accused by Mr Verma of the same crime.