The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the CVC report on Alok Verma to be handed over to him while maintaining the confidentiality to protect the public confidence in the CBI. Verma has been asked to file his reply in sealed cover. The apex court will hear the case on Tuesday next week.
“Having perused the report, the registry is directed to give a copy to the counsel for the petitioner. The reply should be filed in sealed cover. This is only to protect public confidence in CBI and sanctity of institution,” the court said in its order.
The Supreme Court had asked the CV to complete its probe against Verma, who was dismissed from his post unceremoniously by the Centre’s Narendra Modi government after he initiated actions against his deputy Rakesh Asthana.
Friday’s hearing saw plenty of hilarious exchanges involving CJI Ranjan Gogoi. For example, when Solicitor General Tushar Mehta asked the bench for a copy of the CVC report, CJI Gogoi asked, “who are you?’ He replied, “I represent the CVC.” To which, CJI Gogoi, according to CNN-News18 reporter, replied, “So you’re the author of the report and you don’t have it.”
In another exchange, the lawyer representing AK Bassi, the CBI officer investigating Rakesh Asthana, argued against his client’s transfer, CJI Gogoi asked, “Where have you been transferred to?” Bassi’s counsel replied, “Port Blair.” CJI replied, ” It is a good place..be there for a few days.”
Here are the live updates:
- CJI Ranjan Gogoi says CVC’s report is mixed and, therefore, more probe is required in respect to certain allegations
- Mukul Rohatgi, who is representing Rakesh Asthana, request apex court to make the contents of the report public. Supreme Court rejects his request.
- Solicitor General Thushar Mehta,, appearing for CVC, submits that he wants to see the report. CJI replies(jokingly) “You are the author of the report and you haven’t seen it?” (LiveLaw)
- Retired Supreme Court judge, Justice AK Patnaik has filed a separate note in the Supreme Court on his supervision of the CVC inquiry into Alok Verma
- All reports should be kept confidential- CJI Ranjan Gogoi