SC asks CVC to complete probe against Alok Verma in 2 weeks


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to complete its enquiry against exiled CBI director Alok Verma in two weeks under court monitoring.

The apex court also asked M Nageshwar Rao, who has been given temporary charge of Verma’s role, to refrain from taking any policy decisions.

Rao has been asked to work an administrative head and all the decisions he has taken since being handed charge in a post-midnight government order must be submitted in court in a sealed cover.

A three-judge bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, also issued formal notices asking the government, the CBI and the CVC to place their stands before the top court.

The apex court also asked former SC judge A K Patnaik to oversee the CVC enquiry against the banished CBI chief and posted the next hearing of the case to November 12.

The court, however, did not take any decision on Verma’s deputy Rakesh Asthana, who has also challenged the government’s decision to send him on leave over allegations of bribery.

Verma’s plea stated that the CBI director is appointed by a committee comprising the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Leader of the Opposition and has a fixed tenure of two years and he can’t be transferred or removed without the consent of this committee.

Verma also raised the issue of several officers investigating sensitive cases have been changed.

Both Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana were asked by the government to proceed on leave and Joint Director M Nageswara Rao was asked to officiate as interim Director of the CBI.

The move to send both Verma and Asthana on leave came after the duo holding the top two positions in the CBI traded charges of official misconduct and corruption against each other.

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