The Supreme Court is hearing a petition filed by Alok Verma, challenging an October 23 government order divesting him of all responsibilities. Verma and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana were sent on leave after differences between them came out in the open. The SC had given the CVC two weeks to probe Asthana’s allegations of corruption against Verma.
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), is probing corruption charges against him.
The Supreme Court earlier categorised the CVC’s report as “very complimentary” on some charges, “not so complimentary” on some charges, “very uncomplimentary” on some charges and added that “some charges require further probe”. ( See : CBI V CBI)
The bench, comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, had given Verma time till today to reply to the findings and said it would resume the hearing on November 20.
Today, lawyer Gopal Sankaranarayanan, appeared on behalf of Alok Verma, had sought more time to file the response in a hope that the case stays looped in the familiar date-upon-date cycle.
“We are not shifting the date. You file as quickly as possible. We will have to read the response,” the bench said.
To this, the lawyer said the response will be filed during the day itself.
In a setback for the CBI Director, the Supreme Court has directed CBI Director Alok Verma to submit his response to the report “as quickly as possible”. The apex court granted him additional time till 4 pm to do so, adding that it would not adjourn the hearing in the case scheduled for tomorrow.