New Delhi: As per the direction of the Supreme Court and the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), all the documents and files required in connection with the investigation against CBI Director Alok Verma are being submitted, said agency sources on Monday. (Also read: Arun Jaitley Welcomes SC Order on CBI Feud, Says Govt Isn’t For or Against Anyone)
The CVC would also be examining the others involved, including Verma, CBI special director Rakesh Asthana, and joint directors Arun Kumar Sharma and A Sai Manohar. On Friday, the Supreme Court had ordered the CVC to finish its inquiry into the case in two weeks’ time. On the same day, a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph began their hearing on the petition filed by Verma challenging the Centre’s decision to divest him and send him on leave.
Earlier, a report in The Hindustan Times had quoted an anonymous government official as saying, “The CVC has been given a very short period of two weeks to complete the inquiry. The CBI has been asked to provide all the files and documents by Monday. The files and documents may run into thousands of pages and they all have to be scrutinised. The CVC is running against time if it has to complete the probe within the stipulated time.”
As per the CVC order, Verma will be divested of his responsibilities on Tuesday. The decision was taken reportedly due to the uncooperative behaviour of the agency working under Verma in finding the truth about Asthana’s allegations. Three notices were earlier issued by the CVC on September 11 which summarised Asthana’s allegations under categories. Since the CBI had given a time limit of two weeks to complete the inquiry, the CVC is likely to submit the documents and call the members involved in the case for a CBI examination.