Rahul leads opposition protest outside CBI headquarters
28 October, 2018, 06:50 | Author: Charlene Valdez
In his petition sought for the quashing of the CVC's orders on the basis of which the government divested Verma of his duties and functions in the CBI. Verma had challenged his removal since Centre can not arbitrarily do so because of the framework of 2-year fixed term of CBI director without any interference from the Centre.
The Congress leader alleged the Modi government of destroying institutions like the CBI, the Election Commission and the Enforcement Directorate.
The apex court said the CVC enquiry on allegations and counter-allegations should be completed in 10 days under the supervision of this court. It said for the time being, no monitoring by anyone else should be allowed.
Nariman referred to the CVC and Centre's orders divesting Verma of his duty. In extraordinary circumstances, the director can only be removed after an inquiry, which was not done in Verma's case. Moreover, the SC not questioning the legality of the decision also means that M. Nageswar Rao, an IPS officer considered close to the Modi government, continues to remain the CBI director in the interim period.
Protests were organised by the Congress party outside CBI offices across the country to question the decision to send CBI chief Alok Verma on leave.
Jaitley told mediapersons that the allegations that were being levelled by Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana had led to a "bizarre and unfortunate" situation.
Patnaik, as chief justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court, was also a member of "In-House committee" of the apex court that probed allegations against Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court.
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Incidentally, earlier this month, Verma had met Arun Shourie, Prashant Bhushan and Yashwant Sinha, all critics of the Modi government, when they filed a complaint about corruption in the Rafale deal.
While Gandhi led hundreds of Congress workers and leaders on their protest march here, he was also joined by leaders from some other opposition parties as well, including from the CPI, Trinamool Congress and Loktantrik Janata Dal.
Rao also has the charge of additional director, along with A K Sharma and Praveen Sinha, both from the Gujarat cadre. He can be transferred only by the collegium of Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Leader of Opposition. Verma states in the petition that Rakesh Asthana had "stymied" several decisions which were crucial to the investigation of these cases. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the matter today (October 26).
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