CBI case: Ambit of power of superintendence of CVC is limited, Says Sibal

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, Nov 29: Hearing on CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma’s plea against the central government’s decision to divest him of duties is being held in the Supreme Court. 

Noted lawyer Fali Nariman, who was appearing for Verma, submitted his argument before CJI Ranjan Gogoi headed bench.

The other judges on the top court bench were Justice SK Kaul and KM Joseph.

Meanwhile, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Mallikarjun Kharge submitted to the apex court that “the ambit of power of superintendence of CVC is limited. They can’t simply use this to remove a Director of the CBI, or seal his office.”

” The CVC passed its order against Verma on the basis of Section 8(1)(a) and 8(1)(b) of the CVC Act. However the powers of superintendence for the CVC are limited and only relate to investigations of corruption”, he told the court.

Sibal also tried to argue that the CVC cannot have the power to order the action against Verma since, because of all the counter-allegations, this would amount to “being a judge in their own case” .

In response to this CJI Gogoi said that allegations against CVC aren’t relevant.


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