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CBI vs CBI: Supreme Court adjourns hearing in Alok Verma’s petition

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Hearing Alok Verma’s petition,  the Supreme Court had earlier ordered that a CVC inquiry is conducted under the supervision of retired justice AK Patnaik.

 

New Delhi| The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing in CBI Director Alok Verma’s plea challenging his removal from the post. The SC bench headed by Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi scheduled the next hearing of the case on November 29.

On October 23, CBI Director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana were divested of their duties and were sent on “forced” leave. M Nageshwar Rao was given the interim charge as CBI head. The decision from the government came after an internal strife between CBI’s two topmost officials.

Hearing Alok Verma’s petition,  the Supreme Court had earlier ordered that a CVC inquiry is conducted into the charges of corruption levelled against Verma under the supervision of retired justice AK Patnaik. After CVC submitted its report in the court, Alok Verma filed his response to the same on Monday. According to the Supreme Court order the response was supposed to be kept sealed and treated as confidential.

However, some art of Verma’s reply to the CVC report got leaked which upset the Supreme Court bench. The CJI rapped senior counsel and Alok Verma’s advocate Fali S Nariman for the goof-up.

On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to entertain the plea filed by CBI DIG Manish Kumar Sinha who was transferred to Nagpur following a government order. Sinha, in his petition, accused NSA Ajit Doval of interfering in his investigation saying that Doval interfered in the probe against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana.  He also levelled serious charges against the PMO, and corruption charges against the Minister of State for Coal and Mines Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary and Law Secretary Suresh Chandra.

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