New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a CVC inquiry into the Centre’s decision to send CBI director Alok Verma on leave even as special director Rakesh Asthana also challenged the Centre’s decision. (Catch LIVE Updates of Hearing Here). New CBI director M Nageshwar Rao would not be taking any policy decisions till the Court has heard the matter again, said CJI Ranjan Gogoi. The Court has issued notices to CVC, the Centre and Asthana on their pleas with the next date being November 12, said ANI.
The apex court said the inquiry on Verma’s plea, “in respect of the allegation made in the note of the Secretariat as regards the present CBI Director Alok Verma shall be completed by the CVC within a period of two weeks from today. The inquiry will be conducted by retired Supreme Court Judge AK Patnaik.”
The apex court was hearing Verma’s plea against the Centre’s order of divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave, within an hour. Another plea to come up before the apex court was the one by NGO ‘Common Cause’, seeking a SIT probe into the allegations of corruption against CBI officials, including Asthana.
Elsewhere, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is leading a protest outside all CBI offices across the country, demanding the reinstatement of Verma and an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ruining the image of the CBI. Trinamool Congress has joined the protests.
Verma had sought an urgent hearing after he was sent on leave late on Tuesday night soon after his feud with CBI second-in-command Rakesh Asthana went public. In his plea, Verma claimed that besides sending him and Asthana on leave, several officers probing sensitive cases were changed. The feud between Verma and Asthana escalated leading to an FIR against Asthana.