New Delhi, Oct 24: The Supreme Court will on Friday hear a petition filed by CBI Director Alok Verma challenging the central government’s order directing him to proceed on leave.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday said Verma’s plea would be taken up on October 26 after his counsel pressed for an urgent hearing on the midnight order issued against the central probe agency’s chief following an escalation of a tussle between the senior officials at the Bureau over bribery allegations.
Verma who has two more months as the CBI chief and cannot be removed formally.
He was appointed as the probe agency Director for two years and his tenure will end in December.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which took the decision on Verma, appointed Joint Director M. Nageshwar Rao as interim Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director.
An official order said the arrangement would continue “during the period of the subsistence of the aforesaid interim measure”, as the rift between Verma and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations.
The development comes a day after, the CBI suspended its Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar, who was arrested on October 22 on the charge of falsification of records while probing allegations against meat exporter Moin Qureshi.
Following this, a trial court on Tuesday sent Devender Kumar to CBI custody for seven days.
Asthana, a 1984 batch Indian Police Service officer of the Gujarat cadre 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.
The case was being examined by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Asthana.