Supreme Court to hear Alok Verma’s shifting

The Supreme Court will on Friday, October 26, hear a plea by CBI Director Alok Verma challenging the Centre’s order asking him to proceed on leave.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, today, said Verma’s plea would be taken up on October 26 after his counsel pressed for an urgent hearing on the midnight order issued against the central probe agency’s chief following an escalation of rift between the top officials at the Bureau over bribery charges.

Advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan, who was also advocate for ED official Rajeshwar Singh, mentioned Verma’s petition before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi who fixed the hearing for Friday.

In another development, CBI DIG Manish Kumar Sinha, DIG Taurn Gauba, DIG Jasbir Singh, DIG Anish Prasad, DIG KR Chaurasia, HoB Ram Gopal and SP Satish Dagar have been transferred. They were probing cases against Special Director Rakesh Asthana

During brief arguments, Shankarnarayanan told the bench that government at 6 am in the morning asked both Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana to go on leave which will affect many sensitive cases.

Verma also challenged the decision to give interim charge of the agency to Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao.

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