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Asthana bribery case: CBI gets 2 more months to end probe

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday granted two more months to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the investigation in a bribery case allegedly involving the agency’s then special director Rakesh Asthana, making it clear that further time will not be given for the probe.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru observed that the probe cannot be delayed indefinitely and it should have been completed by now.

The court said it was of the view that two more months be granted for the probe, but asked the CBI to ensure that it is completed in the given time. The court passed the order while disposing of a plea by the CBI seeking time extension.

Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, representing the CBI, said Letters Rogatory (LRs) have been sent to the US and UAE and the response is awaited due to which the investigation could not be completed. He said LRs were sent to the US and UAE last month and last week respectively.

Letters Rogatory is a formal request from a court to a foreign court seeking some judicial assistance.

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