In its probe against arrested CBI Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Devender Kumar, the agency has submitted in court that it conducted searches at Kumar’s residence in CBI Colony, Vasant Vihar, and at his office — room number 7 of the fifth floor in CBI Headquarters here — on October 20 and 21 and seized certain “incriminating documents and articles”.
The agency stated that the accused possesses more documents, and if not seized, they will be “destroyed”.
These were part of the remand application filed by the CBI seeking 10-day custodial interrogation of Kumar. The court granted the agency custody for seven days.
The CBI had registered a case against DSP Kumar and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana on October 15 on the basis of written complaint of Satish Babu. The complainant alleged “harassment and extortion” with demand for “illegal gratification” for stopping his further “interrogation/questioning” for a clean chit in the Moin Qureshi corruption case. The FIR named Asthana as accused Number 1 for allegedly demanding and taking bribe.
In its application, the CBI said it had examined Kumar at the CBI Headquarters on October 22, and he remained “evasive and did not come out with facts” relevant to the investigation and “complicity of the accused persons”. The agency said Kumar was arrested at 2 pm on Monday.
The remand application stated, “On the basis of reliable information that certain incriminating documents relevant to the investigation of instant case are in possession of accused Devender Kumar and if the same is not taken into possession immediately, there is every likelihood that the same may be destroyed or moved away, searches were conducted by CBI under section 165 CrPC at residential premises and at office chamber of Devender Kumar. Certain incriminating documents and articles were seized during the course of searches conducted on October 20 and 21.”
Arguing for Kumar, defence counsel Rahul Tyagi contended that the DSP has been falsely implicated in the case and is a “victim of rivalry” between senior officers of CBI.
Tyagi argued that Kumar was investigating the CBI case in which complainant Sathis Babu Sana is a suspect. He told the court, “…names of some past and present senior officers of CBI have also surfaced and is a motive to stall the investigation of that case and there is no direct allegation against the accused.”