New Delhi: Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sena was examined by the CBI to verify and corroborate his statement that had formed the basis of its case of bribery against its Special Director Rakesh Asthana. After the government sent both CBI Director Alok Verma and Asthana on forced leave on October 23, Sara was called before a new team constituted by interim director M Nageswara Rao immediately.
The in-charge of CBI Mr. Rao had reconstituted the team probing allegations against Asthana and transferred the members of an erstwhile team.
As per the sources, the new team on Tuesday called Sana to verify his complaint and asked him to clarify discrepancies in his complaint. The businessman had narrated his meetings with the various middleman in New Delhi and Dubai before a magistrate which led to the FIR.
Further, the Hyderabad Business man claimed that he was seeking comfort from the repeated summons issued by the CBI team probing corruption case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi which was headed by Asthana. Sana also mentioned that an investment banker Manoj Prasad had assured him that he would get relief from CBI summons if he agrees to pay Rs. 5 crore as the bribe, the complaint, not part of FIR alleged.
Sana assured by Prasad that his brother Somesh manages investments of Asthana in London alleged by the businessman and he is also in touch with two other senior officers of various agencies.
On October 4 and October 16, Sana had recorded a statement before a magistrate. The statement recorded before the magistrate is considered a confessional statement and in case the complaint withdraws from it, the prosecuting agency is well within its rights to file a perjury case.
While returning from Dubai Prasad was arrested by the agency on October 16.
It has detected five alleged payments to middlemen by Sana – Rs 1 crore on December 10, 2017, Rs 1.95 crore on December 13, 2017, Rs 25 lakh on October 10, 2018, and two tranches of 25,000 Dirham and 3,000 Dirham on October 14.
However, sources have revealed that the agency also alleged that it has details of file movements and periodic relief given to Sana on the payment of each installment of bribe which show a pattern of favors to the businessman.