Supreme Court sets 2-week deadline to complete probe against CBI chief
October 27, 2018
The investigation against Central Bureau of Investigation (CVC) chief Alok Verma will be done under the watch of a retired top court judge. This is the decision taken by the Supreme Court, which has also set a deadline of two weeks for the probe to be completed.
We make it clear that the introspect or supervision of the ongoing enquiry by a former judge is a one-time exception felt necessary by this court on the peculiar facts of this case and does not reflect on the functioning of the CVC. - Supreme Court bench
Separately Common Cause, a non-profit organization, also asked the court to assign a special team to investigate charges of corruption against CBI special director Rakesh Asthana.
Verma and Asthana have accused each other of corruption. The government cited this to issue an order to send them both off duty. The CVC said it wants to look into allegations against Verma but he didn't cooperate.
Two petitions, one filed by Verma and the other by Common Cause have sought the removal of Asthana from CBI and that the order issued to appoint Rao as interim chief be quashed.
The court has also banned interim CBI director M Nageswar Rao from taking any major decisions and stick to routine duties. All the decisions taken by Rao have to be listed and presented to the court in a sealed envelope on 12 November when the case comes up for hearing next.
The court also ruled that , "A list of all decisions taken between October 23 and today and up to this hour including the decisions with respect of to transfer of investigation and change of officers will be furnished to this court in a sealed cover on the next hearing when orders would be passed appropriately."
In the meantime, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and senior members of other opposition parties led a protest outside CBI headquarters to draw attention to the alleged interference in the CBI's functioning by the government.
Leaders from the Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI(M) and other parties joined the Congress protest.