The Supreme Court on Friday said that an inquiry into corruption allegations against CBI Director Alok Verma will be completed in 10 days.
A bench of Supreme Court comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph was hearing a petition filed by Verma against the central government’s decision to send him on leave. He was being represented by noted lawyer Fali Nariman.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi told the Attorney General that inquiry will be conducted by sitting or former judge of the Supreme Court. M Nageshwar Rao, who was appointed as the interim CBI chief by the Narendra Modi government, will not take any policy decisions, the top court said.
The CJI, according to news agency ANI, stated, “The inquiry 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 the retired SC judge AK Patnaik.
“The CVC will carry on probe in 10 days under the supervision of a judge of this court. M Nahgeshwar Rao shall perform only routine task. The change of investigating officer by CBI will be furnished in sealed cover on 12 November before the Supreme Court.”
Here are the highlights:
- All the decisions taken by present incumbent Rao since being given the charge will be given to court in sealed cover (LiveLaw)
- We can’t allow this matter to prolong in the interest of country: CJI Gogoi
- Supreme Court issues notice to CVC, the Centre and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana on their pleas; Next date November 12- ANI
- CVC inquiry into CBI Director Alok Verma and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana to be completed in 10 days, suggested CJI Gogoi- ANI
- Solicitor General Tushar Mehta says “10 days may not be enough to complete the inquiry and opposes supervision of CVC inquiry by SC judge.”
Verma had moved the Supreme Court earlier this week after the Centre carried out what was termed as a midnight constitutional coup, sending the CBI chief on long leave and sealing his office. Verma had initiated action against his number two, Rakesh Asthana, who is considered to be very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.