SC to take up Alok Verma’s response to CVC report

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The Supreme Court will on Thursday take up CBI director Alok Verma’s petition challenging the Centre’s order divesting him of his powers and sending him on leave following serious allegations of corruption.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is expected to consider Verma’s response submitted in a sealed cover to the Central Vigilance Commission’s report of inquiry into the allegations against him.

The top court is also expected to consider the report of acting CBI Director M Nageswara Rao on the decisions taken by him between October 23 and 26.

A PIL filed by Common Cause for a probe by a special investigation team against CBI officers is also there for the court’s consideration.

On the last date of hearing, the top court was livid over alleged leak of Verma’s response to the CVC’s report and publication of allegations levelled CBI DIG Manish Kumar Sinha who has challenged his transfer from Delhi to Mumbai.

Sinha accused NSA Ajit Doval, Union minister Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary and CVC KV Chowdhury of attempting to interfere in the probe against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who has been divested of his duties and sent on leave along with Verma.

Asthana too has challenged the government’s decision.

Piqued over the alleged leak of Verma’s confidential response to the CVC’s findings, the court had said it wanted to keep the CBI director’s response confidential to maintain the probe agency’s dignity and public confidence in it and had posted the matter for further hearing on November 29.

 

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