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SC to hear CVC report on Alok Verma probe

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On October 23, both the topmost officials of CBI, director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana were sent on forced leave.

 

New Delhi| The Supreme Court on Monday will hear on the Central Vigilance Committee report based on probe against CBI director Alok Verma. The Supreme Court in its last hearing had ordered a preliminary inquiry into the charges leveled on Alok Verma. The probe was to be conducted by an inquiry committee under the supervision of the former apex court judge A K Patnaik.

Reportedly, Verma who appeared for the probe has refuted the charges. It is learned that Alok Verma has given a point-wise rebuttal of all the allegations leveled against him by CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana to the three-member CVC Committee headed by K V Chowdary.

On October 23, both the topmost officials of CBI, director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana were sent on forced leave by the Department of Personnel and Training following a long-standing internal strife between the two. However, both of them challenged the government’s decision in the Supreme Court.

Hearing Verma’s plea, the SC bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had ordered the probe to be completed in the 10 days under the supervision of former justice AK Patnaik. It had also prohibited the interim CBI director M Nageshwar Rao from taking any major decisions.

The hearing in Verma’s plea is now listed on November 12 before a two-judge bench comprising the CJI and Justice S K Kaul.

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