The Hush Post: The inquiry against exiled CBI chief Alok Verma must be completed in two weeks. This was ruled by the Supreme Court today.
Also, M Nageswar Rao, who has been given interim charge, cannot take any policy decisions, SC ruled.
Rao will only be an administrative head, said Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. The CJI added that all the decisions he has taken since being handed charge in a post-midnight government order must be submitted to the court. The top court will take up the case next after Diwali, on November 12.
The CVC will probe Verma under the supervision of retired top court judge Justice AK Patnaik.
The court was hearing Verma’s case against the government for stripping his powers and sending him on forced leave. This was an unprecedented event which happened for the first time in the 55-year history of CBI. Verma took the government to court after he was replaced by an interim chief in a post-midnight order on Tuesday.
He has said in his petition that the autonomy of the country’s top investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), is being not only challenged but severely compromised as certain investigations against high functionaries “do not take the direction desirable to the government.”
Verma argued in his petition that the Supreme Court had ruled in the past that the CBI director should have a fixed minimum tenure of at least two years. His petition also says CBI Deputy Director Rakesh Asthana “concocted evidence” against him to accuse him of corruption.