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Delhi High Court dismisses plea seeking criminal prosecution of BSF, NCB chief Rakesh Asthana

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by a dentist seeking directions to the Central government, the Central Vigilance Commission and the CBI to investigate

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The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by a dentist seeking directions to the Central government, the Central Vigilance Commission and the CBI to investigate and launch criminal prosecution on his complaint against BSF DG and Narcotics Control Bureau chief Rakesh Asthana.

A single-judge bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait dismissed the plea while also imposing a cost of Rs 20,000.

Mohit Dewan had filed this plea in the Delhi High Court after a direction from the Supreme Court bench of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Ravindra Bhat allowing liberty to pursue remedies available in accordance with law against Asthana, the Director General of BSF and Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau.

Dhawan, in his petition filed through advocate Sushil Tekriwal, submitted that he had filed a complaint against Asthana, who also heads the BSF, before the CBI Director in 2019 but there has been no action or adjudication so far.

Dewan had alleged that Asthana had hijacked the criminal justice system in its entirety along with other police officials obtaining undue advantage for himself, his family and close relatives while serving as Special Director of CBI.

The plea had stated that, “Asthana, falsely and illegally implicating and intimidating the petitioner by abusing his official position through corrupt means and corrupt activities and further attempting to extort money through the said police officers in connivance with them in the garb of settling the matter by exercising his personal influence.”

Dewan had further stated that “He is the alleged kingpin who runs gang of extortionists for intimidating & implicating innocents. Petitioner is one such victim at his hands. R1 has become man eater of the entire system being so enormously powerful and highly connected that his accomplices are everywhere to save him for his ill deeds.”

The plea had also sought directions for providing adequate security to the petitioner in view of grave threats.

Previously, Justice Yogesh Khanna had refused to hear this matter.

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