H C dismisses former CBI officer's plea

The Delhi High Court has rejected a former CBI deputy legal advisor’s plea for quashing the bribery charges against him.

A bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice V K Jain rejected the plea of Rajendra Prasad Dwivedi on the ground of lacking merit.

"The writ petition is devoid of any merit and is hereby dismissed," said the court in a recent order.

A charge sheet was filed against him by the investigating agency in July 2010  which said that he took bribe from an accused.

The CBI alleged that Dwivedi took bribe on the pretext of helping the accused get bail.
The court while delivering its order upheld the verdict of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) which rejected Dwivedi's plea.

The investigating agency, with the approval of prime minister's office, initiated the departmental proceedings against Dwivedi.

"Once the draft charge sheet was approved by the competent authority, it was not necessary that the memo of charge sheet should be signed by the competent authority himself or the charge memo should again be submitted to him for approval," the court said.
Dwivedi had moved court challenging the CAT’s order rejecting his plea.

He contended before the court that a valid sanction was not taken to initiate departmental proceedings against him.

He had taken voluntary retirement in March 2010.

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