New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma and Joint Director AK Sharma to inspect the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC’s) office and the case file relating to the FIR against the investigative agency’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Also Read - NCB Chief Rakesh Asthana Reviews Evidence in Bollywood Drug Nexus Case, Meets Officers
Justice Najmi Waziri asked Verma to visit the CVC‘s office on Thursday after the latter’s counsel said that the allegations of devious nature were made against him in Asthana’s petition. Also Read - Former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana Appointed Chief of Border Security Force
The court has asked CBI to maintain the status quo regarding the proceedings against Asthana while the exceeding the date to December 7. For the uninitiated, the court is hearing separate pleas of Asthana, Kumar and middleman Manoj Prasad who are seeking the quashing of FIR against them. Also Read - CBI vs CBI: 'Clinching Evidence Against Rakesh Asthana in Bribery Case,' Ex-investigating Officer Tells Court
The Supreme Court has earlier adjourned the case till November 29 pertaining to the corruption charges against CBI Director Alok Verma. Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi had pulled up all the parties concerned and had said, “We don’t think anyone of you deserves a hearing. We are not shifting the date (of hearing). You file it as quickly as possible as we will have to read it,” the bench, also comprising justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph told Verma’s lawyer Gopal Sankaranarayanan.
The apex court, on November 16, had directed Verma, Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who were also supplied with the confidential report of the CVC, to maintain secrecy, saying it was needed to ensure people’s faith in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as an institution.
Earlier, the apex court had said the CVC had made some “very uncomplimentary” findings in its probe on corruption allegations against Verma and wanted further investigations into some of the charges which required more time, adding that there were also some “very complimentary” conclusions.