New Delhi: The hearing in CBI director Alok Verma’s plea was resumed by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The plea challenged the government’s order of divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave considering the graft allegations against him. Also Read - Targeted Over Centre's Post-retirement Offer, Justice Sikri Didn't Want to be Part of PM-led Panel That Removed CBI Chief: Report

AG KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court, “The fight between Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana was becoming critical and matter of public debate. The Government of India was watching with amazement as to what the top officers were doing, they were fighting like cats.” Venugopal clearly stated that The action against CBI director Alok Verma does not amount to his transfer, rather only his functions have been withdrawn. Also Read - Supreme Court Reserves Order on Director Alok Verma's Plea Challenging Government Order

He said that the dispute between the top officers reduced the CBI to an object of ridicule and has created an unprecedented and extraordinary situation. Venugopal told SC, “The Central government was very concerned on what’s happening in CBI because two senior-most officers were fighting in public. Government and CVC to take a decision on who is right and who is wrong. CBI itself was ridiculed.”

To the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the Attorney General said that “Government’s action was necessary to restore public confidence in CBI and a situation had arisen where centre had to intervene. After careful examination of the issue, centre was satisfied & took decision that CBI director Alok Verma be divested of his power.”

The hearings on the matter will be taken into consideration by the bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph.

(With Agency inputs)