Supreme Court's Verdict On CBI Tussle: All You Need To Know

Alok Verma

Meanwhile, the apex court has said former Supreme Court judge A K Patnaik will oversee a CVC inquiry into the allegations against Verma and the report has to be placed before it within two weeks. M Nageswar Rao, who was asked to stand in as interim CBI chief, can not take any policy decision, said the judges.

During the hearing, CVC pleaded that two weeks for CBI enquiry is not enough as it has to look into several documents.

It said the Centre and CBI should place before it in a sealed cover the list of decisions taken by Rao from October 23 till today.

In a letter written to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, expressing his regret at being unable to attend the launch of his book "The Paradoxical Prime Minister" on Friday evening, Kharge said that Tharoor's book "could not have come at a better time than now".

The Congress President also courted arrest during the protest.

"We make it clear that entrustment of supervision of on-going inquiry by the CVC to a former judge of this court is a one-time exception that has been felt necessary by this court in the peculiar facts of this case and should not be understood to be casting any reflection on any authority of the government of India", the order stated.

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By Friday morning, Asthana also filed a petition against the government order sending him on leave.

On the whole, while both sides may have bones to pick with the order, the Centre is likely to be more aggrieved, since Verma's chief grievance - the orders of the CVC and Centre - could still be easily addressed subsequently by the court.

Senior Advocate Fali Nariman is appearing for Alok Verma, while Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave will represent Common Cause.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has said that India is seeing "turbulent times", which can be traced directly to the "whimsical and bizarre" decisions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The feud between the CBI's top two - Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana - escalated with each accusing the other of corruption. He also cited Vineet Narain judgment to support Verma's plea.

The CBI chief in his plea, contended that the decision taken "overnight" by the Centre and the CVC to divest him of his role as the head of the probe agency was "patently illegal" and such interference "erodes" the independence and autonomy of the institution. Verma had claimed that the CBI's autonomy was being compromised as "certain investigations into high functionaries do not take the direction that may be desirable to the government".

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