CBI Controversy: Supreme Court asks CVC to complete probe within 2 weeks

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, Oct 26: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Vigilance Commission to complete an enquiry into the ongoing Central Bureau of Investigation controversy within a period of two weeks. 

While hearing CBI Director Alok Verma’s plea, against the central government’s decision to divest him of his powers and send him on leave, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said that ” inquiry in respect of the allegation made in the note of the Secretariat as regards the present CBI Dir Alok Verma shall be completed by the CVC within a period of 2 weeks from today”.

The probe will be conducted under the supervision of former apex court judge AK Patnaik.

Besides this, the top court asked the Centre and the CBI to provide the CVC report in a sealed cover.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi also stated that new CBI director M Nageshwar Rao will not take any policy decisions till Supreme Court hears the matter again.

The court fixed November 12 for the next hearing.

the government on Wednesday divested CBI chief Verma of his charge and made Joint Director M. Nageshwar Rao interim director.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) took the decision past midnight as war between CBI chief Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations hurled at each other.

In a dramatic midnight action, the central government on Wednesday divested CBI chief Verma of his charge and directed Joint Director M. Nageshwar Rao to look after the duties and functions of Director, CBI with immediate effect over bribery row.

Asthana is accused of accepting a bribe from a Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana who was under the scanner in the Qureshi case in order to “wreck” the probe, was also divested of all supervisory charges on Tuesday.


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