New Delhi, Nov 20: The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed anguish over the alleged leak of CBI director Alok Verma’s response to the Central Vigilance Commission.
Further hearing in the bribe case has been deferred to November 20.
Expressing displeasure, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said ‘We don’t think anyone of you deserves a hearing’.
Adjourning the matter, the CJI also handed over a copy of the news report which was published on an online portal to Verma’s lawyer, Fali S Nariman.
“It is only for you (Nariman) to read yourself it is not for counsel for Alok Verma” (Nariman is appearing for Verma), Gogoi told the senior advocate.
Addressing him as the “most respected senior member of the institution”, Gogoi added: “If you wish to respond to this, we will adjourn the hearing from an hour”.
However, Nariman expressing his ignorance over the media report, said: “I was also disturbed on seeing it. I will request the court to summon the person who carried this report.”
He also added while the “media is free, but at the same time it has to be responsible. It has to be both. It is my reading of the media. Responsible means responsible and not responsible to someone”.
Referring to media reports that a mentioning was made on Monday seeking more time to file Verma’s response to the CVC report, Nariman clarified that the lawyer who made the request was totally unauthorised and he (Nariman) was not even informed about it.
“It was not informed to me. I was not aware. Nobody asked him to make mentioning. We worked whole night to prepare (Verma’s) response. It was totally unauthorised.”
“I was as disturbed,” Nariman said when he saw newspaper reports in the morning.