“The writ petition is dismissed,” said a bench of Justices, RK Agrawal and AM Sapre.
Earlier, on November 24, the apex court had reserved the order in the matter.
The government had opposed the plea, saying Asthana had an exceptional career. The Centre noted that Asthana had supervised more than 40 high-profile cases including coal scam, AugustaWestland scam, black money and money laundering cases.
But, Common Cause, the petitioner NGO, opposed Asthana’s appointment, saying it was against the law as his name had appeared in a diary recovered during a raid. The raid was conducted by the Income Tax department at the offices and other location of company, Sterling Biotech Ltd.
However, the Centre had claimed that Asthana was looking after its eleven zones. He was earlier an additional director in CBI.