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SC rejects plea to quash Asthana's appointment as CBI's special director

A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre said, 'the writ petition is dismissed'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Perturbed by Thursday's order, the CJI said there were hundreds of matters listed in the Supreme Court daily and if the orders were passed like this, then the SC cannot function
Supreme Court of India

The today dismissed a plea challenging the appointment of senior Gujarat cadre IPS officer as a special director of the

A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre said, "the writ petition is dismissed".

The apex court had on November 24 reserved the order in the matter.

The Centre had opposed the plea, saying Asthana had an outstanding career and had supervised over 40 high-profile cases like coal scam, AugustaWestland scam, black money and money laundering cases.

Common Cause, the petitioner NGO, had opposed Asthana's appointment, saying it was illegal as his name had surfaced in a diary recovered during a raid conducted by the Income Tax department at the offices and other premises of company Sterling Biotech Ltd.

The Centre, however, had claimed that Asthana, who was earlier an additional director in CBI, was looking after its eleven zones.

First Published: Tue, November 28 2017. 12:12 IST