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CBI vs CBI LIVE updates: Supreme Court adjourns hearing to Friday; CVC, CBI reports submitted in sealed envelopes
  • 11:52 (IST)

    CVC report submitted

    Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) submitted its inquiry report in a sealed cover before the Supreme Court. On 26 October, the Supreme Court had asked CVC to complete inquiry in respect of the allegation made against CBI Director Alok Verma within a period of 2 weeks. 

  • 11:51 (IST)

    SC adjourns hearing to Friday

    The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing in Alok Verma's removal to Friday. According to reports, the CBI investigation report and the CVC report were not filed in time (last Saturday) and the top court said they need time to go through these reports and then come to a decision. 

  • 11:47 (IST)

    Kharge had moved Supreme Court against Alok Verma's removal

    Mallikarjun Kharge earlier in November moved the Supreme Court against Verma's removal. 

    Kharge questioned the Centre's decision to send CBI director Alok Verma on leave and said that neither the CVC nor the government has the right to remove the CBI director. According to the law, the term of the director lasts for two years. Kharge also has termed the government's decision to remove Verma as an arbitrary step and has termed it as illegal.

  • 11:39 (IST)

    Verma and Asthana blame each other for corruption at CVC hearing

    CBI Director Alok Verma and his deputy and Special Director Rakesh Asthana on Friday blamed each other for corruption while defending themselves as they deposed before a panel headed by CVC KV Chowdary.

    In an hour-long examination before the enquiry committee comprising Chowdary, retired Supreme Court judge AK Patnaik and Vigilance Commissioners Tejendra Mohan Bhasin and Sharad Kumar, Verma denied the allegations levelled against him by Asthana, informed sources said.

  • 11:37 (IST)

    No noise from Opposition as SC to hear CVC probe finding 

    Opposition had led a nationwide protest against Narendra Modi government's attempt to "interfere" in the CBI's functioning. Leading the rally in Delhi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was detained at the Lodhi Colony police station. This was 26 October during Supreme Court's last hearing. 

    Opposition is awfully quiet today, though. 

  • 11:18 (IST)

    CBI director can't be unilaterally transferred, say legal experts

    In its 26 October hearing, the Supreme Court examined whether the government and the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) were right in unilaterally forcing CBI Director Alok Verma on leave, even if they acted under the assumption that the move will restore public faith in the country’s premier investigative agency. 

    According to a report in The Hindu, legal experts had said that the CBI director cannot be transfered or stripped of his powers unilaterally by the CVC. Legal experts refer to Section 4B(2) of the DSPE Act, which mandates that the CBI Director cannot be “transferred” without the previous consent of a high-power committee chaired by the Prime Minister. They say that since the CBI Director is appointed on the recommendation of this committee which has the Leader of the Opposition and the Chief Justice of India as members. Relieving the CBI chief of his post would, as a natural corollary, require taking the consent of this committee.

  • 11:01 (IST)

    Alok Verma accused of accepting bribe from Moin Qureshi

    CBI director Alok Verma has been accused by Asthana of accepting bribe from meat exporter Moin Qureshi. Asthana, too, is accused of indulging in corrupt practices by Verma.

    Verma has been appearing before the three-member CVC headed by K V Chowdary and is understood to have given point-wise refusal to all the allegations levelled against him by his deputy.

  • 10:20 (IST)

    SC to look at decisions taken by interim CBI chief M Nageshwar Rao

    The top court on Monday will likely also peruse the decisions taken by M Nageshwar Rao from 23 October, including transfer of investigations and change of investigating officers and may pass some appropriate orders on them.

    Supreme Court, in the 26 October verdict, had said that a list of all the decisions taken by Rao between "23 October, 2018 and up to this hour including decisions with regard to transfer of investigations, change of investigating officer(s) etc will be furnished to the court in a sealed cover on or before 12 November, 2018 whereafter orders as would be appropriate will be passed by the court."

  • 10:15 (IST)

    SC decision on 26 Oct barred interim CBI chief from taking any major decision

    Besides issuing notices to the Centre and the CVC on the plea of Alok Verma, the Supreme Court, on 26 October, had also set a deadline of two weeks for the CVC to complete the preliminary inquiry against the CBI director.

    It had also barred IPS officer M Nageswara Rao, who has been given interim charge of the CBI, from taking any major decision.

  • 10:10 (IST)

    Alok Verma has been appearing before the 3-member CVC team

    The hearing is important as Alok Verma, who has a running feud with Special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana, has been appearing before the three-member CVC headed by KV Chowdary and is understood to have given point-wise refusal to all the allegations levelled against him by his deputy.

    The decision that a smaller bench would hear the case has come after the CJI, in his recent informal interaction with journalists, said that on Mondays and Fridays, when the court hears miscellaneous cases, only two-judge benches would sit. The court had appointed former Supreme Court judge AK Patnaik to supervise the ongoing inquiry of CVC against Mr Verma.

  • 10:09 (IST)

    Supreme Court to hear CVC's version in CBI case today

    Supreme Court reopens on Monday a week after the Diwali break and is expected to take up the CBI corruption case where the agency director and the special director have locked horns. The Supreme Court is likely to hear the version of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on Monday, which was directed to complete within two weeks its preliminary inquiry against Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Kumar Verma, who has been divested of his duties and sent on leave by the Centre.

  • 10:06 (IST)

    Asthana versus Verma

    The feud between Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana escalated last month, leading to the registration of an FIR against Asthana and others, including Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar, who is in the CBI custody in an alleged bribery case.

CBI versus CBI LATEST updates: The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing in Alok Verma's removal to Friday. According to reports, the CBI investigation report and the CVC report were not filed in time (last Saturday) and the top court said they need time to go through these reports and then come to a decision.

CBI director Alok Verma has been accused by Asthana of accepting bribe from meat exporter Moin Qureshi. Asthana, too, is accused of indulging in corrupt practices by Verma. Verma has been appearing before the three-member CVC headed by K V Chowdary and is understood to have given point-wise refusal to all the allegations levelled against him by his deputy.

The Supreme Court on Monday will likely also peruse the decisions taken by M Nageshwar Rao from 23 October, including transfer of investigations and change of investigating officers and may pass some appropriate orders on them. Supreme Court, in the 26 October verdict, had said that a list of all the decisions taken by Rao between "23 October, 2018 and up to this hour including decisions with regard to transfer of investigations, change of investigating officer(s) etc will be furnished to the court in a sealed cover on or before 12 November, 2018 whereafter orders as would be appropriate will be passed by the court."

Will the CVC probe indict CBI director Alok Verma or will he be reinstated to his former glory post the Supreme Court verdict? The apex court is likely to hear the version of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on Monday, which was directed to complete within two weeks its preliminary inquiry against Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Kumar Verma, who has been divested of his duties and sent on leave by the Centre.

 CBI vs CBI LIVE updates: Supreme Court adjourns hearing to Friday; CVC, CBI reports submitted in sealed envelopes

File image of the Supreme Court of India. AP

The hearing assumes significance as Verma, who has a running feud with Special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana, has been appearing before the three-member CVC headed by KV Chowdary and is understood to have given a point-wise refusal to all the allegations levelled against him by his deputy.

Verma's plea, which had been heard by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on previous occasions, is now listed for hearing on 12 November before a two-judge bench comprising the CJI and Justice SK Kaul.

The decision that a smaller bench would hear the case has come after the CJI, in his recent informal interaction with journalists, said that on Mondays and Fridays, when the apex court hears miscellaneous cases, only two-judge benches would sit.

The court had appointed former apex court judge AK Patnaik to supervise the ongoing inquiry of CVC against Verma.

Besides issuing notices to the Centre and the CVC on the plea of Verma, the apex court, on 26 October, had also set a deadline of two weeks for the CVC to complete the preliminary inquiry against the CBI director.

It had also barred IPS officer M Nageswara Rao, who has been given interim charge of the CBI, from taking any major decision.

The top court on Monday would also peruse the decisions taken by Rao from October 23, including the transfer of investigations and change of investigating officers and may pass some appropriate orders on them. It had said that a list of all the decisions taken by Rao between "23 October, 2018 and up to this hour including decisions with regard to transfer of investigations, change of investigating officer(s) etc will be furnished to the court in a sealed cover on or before 12 November, 2018 whereafter orders, as would be appropriate, will be passed by the court."

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CVC, had said that the CVC has been conducting an inquiry into the allegations made in the August 24 note/letter of the Cabinet Secretary with regard to Verma.

Besides the plea filed by Verma, the court is also seized of the PIL filed by NGO Common Cause, which has sought a probe by special investigation team against CBI officers including Asthana, and had issued notices to the Centre, CBI, CVC, Asthana, Verma and Rao asking them to respond to it by 12 November.

Asthana has also moved the Supreme Court with a separate petition in the matter and has sought removal of Verma from the post of CBI Director. "We want to see preliminary probe report in 10 days to decide whether it requires further probe," the bench had said.

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Updated Date: Nov 12, 2018 11:52:10 IST