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‘Bribery’ case: Court extends CBI custody of accused

Breaking : SC Directs CVC To Complete Enquiry Against Alok Verma In Two Weeks Under Supervision Of Justice AK Patnaik, Nageswara Rao Can't Take Any Policy Decisions Alok Verma petition in Supreme Court LIVE updates: CJI-led bench to hear plea of exiled CBI chief today
Patty Aguilar | 27 October, 2018, 13:35

Apart from quashing the directions to send him on leave, Asthana has sought an expeditious inquiry into the complaint he filed against Verma on August 24.

During the hearing, senior advocate F.S. Nariman, who is representing Verma, contended that a CBI director can not be taken off charge without getting the approval of the high-powered committee comprising the prime minister, leader of opposition and the CJI, which appointed the CBI chief as per section 4A to the Delhi Police Establishment Act.

This is a major blow for the government, with the Supreme Court order being hailed by the opposition.

Thursday dawned with reports that four employees of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had been caught spying on CBI director Alok Verma's Janpath residence, lending fresh intrigue to the ongoing CBI saga. The supervision by a retired judge ensures fairness and provides credibility to the inquiry.

Mehta then told the court that under the provisions of CVC Act, the commission has to send an annual report regarding the work done by them to the President who will present it before Parliament.

Yet, the court failed to decisively address the fundamental question.

In Chandigarh, police said they had to use water cannons against the agitators and also suspend traffic for some time around the area of protest.

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The Delhi Special Police Establishment Act lays down that the CBI director can not be moved out without the approval of the statutory appointment committee consisting of the prime minister, the chief justice and the leader of the opposition.

Meanwhile, former finance minister P. Chidambaram was charged by the Enforcement Directorate in the Aircel-Maxis case.

The problem is not so much with the decision to send Verma on leave as with the manner in which it was done without the statutory committee's approval. First, a de facto illegal transfer has been effected. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the matter today (October 26).

The members of the party raised slogans demanding reinstatement of Alok Verma as CBI Director and also sought an apology from PM Modi for tarnishing the image of the probe agency.

While the CBI director enjoys a protected tenure, the special director does not.

Asthana and Kumar both challenged the FIR in the Delhi High Court, which on Tuesday ordered CBI to maintain status quo on the criminal proceedings against Asthana. "In Odisha too, chit fund scams which were under the ambit of CBI director Rakesh Asthana, who was appointed as replacement of Alok Verma, could not be completely probed thus suggesting that it was all stage managed between the ruling-BJD, the Centre and the CBI", OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik said.

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