MeraNews Network, New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday has dismissed a curative petition seeking to re-examine its verdict upholding the appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Director.
The three-judge SC bench comprising of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur, AK Sikri and AM Sapre rejected a curative petition filed by NGO, Common Cause, whose review petition was also earlier held to be devoid of merits.
After an in-chamber hearing, the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said they have gone through the curative petition and connected papers and that no case is made out. The bench also passed the order on December 11 and was made public on the apex court's website on Friday.
Common Cause’s petition challenging Asthana’s appointment to the CBI alleged that the IPS officer had accepted financial favours from Gujarat-based companies Sterling Biotech and Sandesara Group during his tenure as the Surat Police Commissioner in 2011.
The decision of the apex court came amidst a bitter tussle between the Gujarat cadre IPS officer Asthana, who is a special director with the CBI and CBI Director Alok Verma. Both have been divested of powers and sent on leave by the Central government on October 23.