CBI feud: Supreme Court order a positive step, says Centre

CBI feud: Supreme Court order a positive step, says Centre

CBI feud: Supreme Court order a positive step, says Centre

CBI case in Supreme Court LIVE updates: The Supreme Court will hear a petition today filed by exiled Central Bureau of Investigation Director (CBI) Alok Verma against the order by the government to divest him of all powers.

The court said that all decisions taken by Rao be placed before it in a sealed cover.

Three, it set a time frame for the inquiry report to be submitted within two weeks before the next hearing. The top court barred interim director M Nageshwar Rao from taking any policy decisions.

Verma moved the court on Wednesday morning, hours after the government took the decision to name Rao interim director.

In the beginning, the apex court said the CVC inquiry on allegations and counter-allegations should be completed in 10 days under the supervision of this court.

CBI's Special Director Rakesh Asthana has also been named as one of the respondents in the NGO's petition.

In a letter written to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, expressing his regret at being unable to attend the launch of his book "The Paradoxical Prime Minister" on Friday evening, Kharge said that Tharoor's book "could not have come at a better time than now".

The Supreme Court's order has hit the middle ground so well that the two bitterly inimical parties have derived a degree of confidence from it. Congress president Rahul Gandhi led an opposition march in front of the CBI headquarters Friday morning, invoking the Rafale deal as the main factor behind the mess in the CBI.

"The retired judge (Justice Patnaik) will supervise the CVC inquiry against Verma because of the importance of the case without casting aspersions on any constitutional or statutory authority", the apex court said. Rohatgi said that Asthana's plea could be listed for hearing on October 29.

Senior Advocate Fali Nariman is appearing for Alok Verma, while Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave will represent Common Cause.

He argued that CBI director is appointed for a tenure of two years by a committee comprising the Prime Minister, leader of opposition and the Chief Justice of India as per provisions of the DSPE Act.

Jaitley told mediapersons that the allegations that were being levelled by Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana had led to a "bizarre and unfortunate" situation. He also cited the Vineet Narain judgment to support Verma's pleas.

"This was necessary in the larger interest of fairness because you can't be heading an agency which is investigating into your own conduct", he said.

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