CBI Row: CVC to complete probe against Alok Verma in two weeks, Supreme Court orders

41

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday heard the plea filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma, challenging the Centre’s decision to divest him of his powers and send him on forced leave in view of the internal dispute between him and Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

SC said an inquiry against Verma must be completed in two weeks under the supervision of court. The Centre and CBI were asked to provide the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) report to court in sealed cover in two weeks. The next hearing on the case will be on November 12.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is hearing the CBI chief Alok Verma’s petition, said, “probe into the allegations against Verma should be completed in two weeks.”

SC also ordered a CVC inquiry to be conducted under the supervision of ex-Supreme Court judge AK Patnaik.

The apex court said, M Nageswar Rao, who has been given interim charge of Verma’s role, cannot take any policy or major decisions. “He will only take essential decisions.”

SC also asked for the list of all decisions made by Nageswara Rao since October 23 in a sealed cover.

The government, in a midnight move on Tuesday, had appointed N Nageshwar Rao as interim director.

Meanwhile, the Congress is staging a nation-wide protests against the government’s move.