CBI chief Alok Verma’s second hearing by SC on Monday


New Delhi: The second hearing on CBI director Alok Verma’s petition to quash government order of divesting him of duties and sending him on leave will be taken up by the apex court on Monday.

A two judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul will hear the petition. The last hearing on October 26 was conducted by a three judge bench that included Justice KK Joseph.

The apex court will also take up the intervention application of Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge who had pleaded that the CBI chief could be removed from his post neither by government nor by Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

It may be recalled that Kharge has moved the apex court in the capacity as   a member of three member selection panel by which the CBI chief is chosen.  The panel has the powers to remove the CBI chief. The panel includes the prime minister, Chief Justice of India and Kharge, leader of the largest opposition party in Lok Sabha.

On Friday, CVC heard Verma’s case in accordance with the direction of Supreme Court and the complaint filed against him by special director Rakesh Asthana. The court has also given a hearing to Asthana on Thursday to take note of the charges he had leveled against Verma.

The CVC has refused to a further hearing of Asthana on Friday although he wanted it again. The Supreme Court has meanwhile appointed justice Dr Ananga Kumar Patnaik , 69, to oversee the CVC inquiry into the charges on Verma. .


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