CBI Officer Probing Rakesh Asthana Case Seeks Voluntary Retirement

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CBI officer Satish Dagar, who was probing the corruption case against the agency’s former special director Rakesh Asthana, has applied for voluntary retirement, an official said on Wednesday.

“Satish Dagar, SP, CBI has submitted application for voluntary retirement on personal grounds,” CBI’s spokesperson said.

The CBI on October 15 last year had registered a First Information Report against Rakesh Asthana for allegedly taking a bribe from an accused probed by him in return of ensuring relief and a clean chit in the case.

Rakesh Asthana has strongly refuted these allegations.

The then CBI director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana were sent on leave by the Centre through a midnight order on October 23 as both levelled allegations of corruption against each other.

Satish Dagar was brought in to probe the case by M Nageswar Rao, a 1986-batch Odisha cadre IPS officer, who took over the duties and functions of CBI director on October 23, 2018 in a dramatic midnight change in the agency’s leadership made by the centre.

The case was earlier being probed by Superintendent of Police AK Bassi who was transferred to Port Blair by M Nageswar Rao.

Satish Dagar is understood to have sent his letter seeking voluntary retirement last month, sources said.