The case pertains to the alleged demand of Rs 1.50 lakh -- at the rate of Rs 50,000 per month for January, February and March -- in bribe to release pending bills of a company, officials said.
Of the two arrested, one is a relative of the deputy director general at the directorate general of mines safety who was allegedly receiving Rs 35 lakh.
The agency carried out searches at 30 locations spread across 13 cities, including the Base Hospital in Delhi Cantonment, on Monday in connection with the case
The CBI has made Indrani Mukerjea, who is currently in jail in Mumbai, approver in the case.
Asthana was booked on the allegations of criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The bench listed the matter for further hearing on March 7.
Newly-appointed CBI Chief Rishi Kumar Shukla takes charge over the probe agency on Monday.
The government is understood to have put forth a few names of probable contenders who could be considered for appointment as the next CBI director.
The meeting, which was held at the prime minister's official residence, was attended by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.
Rakesh Asthana, who had a bitter fight with ousted agency chief Alok Verma, was on Friday appointed as the new Director General of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
He also demanded that the government come clean on the issues and make public the CVC report, Justice A K Patnaik's report and minutes of the January 10 meeting.
The news of Justice AK Sikri being given a plum posting broke days after he along with PM Narendra Modi voted to remove Alok Verma as the chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The government is understood to have recommended Justice Sikri's name for the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT) late last year.
The move comes a day after Verma resigned from his position.
The move comes a day after Verma was removed from his post by a high powered committee.
Justice Najmi Waziri also refused to quash the FIR lodged against CBI Deputy Superintendent Devender Kumar and alleged middleman Manoj Prasad.
Alok Verma, CBI Director's transfer has been taken barely 48 hours after the Supreme Court reinstated the officer, who was on leave following a public spat with his deputy Rakesh Asthana.
The high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for over two hours on Thursday to decide fate of Verma, reinstated by a Supreme Court order after he was sent on forced leave by the government.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York.Photo by AP/PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.PTI Photo
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York.Eduardo Munoz /Pool Photo via AP
Paramilitary jawans conduct a route march for Bhabanipur Assembly by-election, in Kolkata.PTI Photo
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi meet Governor of Punjab Banwarilal Purohit ahead of the oath taking ceremony for the Punjab Cabinet expansion, in ChandigarhPTI Photo
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