SC grants two weeks to CVC to conclude inquiry against Alok Verma

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that an inquiry against Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma must be completed who has been divested of his duties and sent on leave in view of feud between him and Special Director Rakesh Asthana.The

Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph said the CVC’s inquiry would be supervised by former Supreme Court judge AK Patnaik. Senior lawyer General Fali S Nariman, who was representing Verma, had cited the Vineet Narain judgement to say that the CBI Director enjoys a protected two-year tenure.

Asthana has also approached the Supreme Court with a separate petition in the matter. Both Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana were asked by the government to proceed on leave and Joint Director M Nageswara Rao was asked to officiate as interim Director of the CBI.

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