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PIL seeks SIT probe into graft allegations against CBI officials


New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Thursday said that it would consider urgent hearing to a PIL seeking court-monitored SIT probe into allegations of corruption against various CBI officials, including Rakesh Asthana, who was divested of his responsibilities as the agency’s special director.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi considered the submission of lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO ‘Common Cause’ that there were wider issues of corruption affecting the probe agency and the PIL needed to be heard urgently. The bench, which also comprised Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, asked Bhushan to provide details and said it would consider granting urgent hearing on the petition.

The NGO has sought relief including court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into allegations of corruption against CBI officials including Asthana, who along with CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma had been divested of powers and sent on leave.

The apex court on Wednesday had agreed to hear on October 26 a separate plea filed by the CBI chief challenging the Centre’s decision to divest him of powers and send him on leave.

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