Supreme Court today ordered Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) complete probe against CBI director Alok Verma to be completed in two weeks and also said that M Nageswara Rao should perform only routine task and should not make any major policy decision. The top court, however, appointed former SC judge A K Patnaik to supervise the CVC probe.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph also directed that all orders passed by Rao from the time of his appointment till the passing of orders would be kept in sealed cover and presented before it on next date of hearing, November 12.
This particular order means that Rao won’t be able take any decision with regard to pending CBI cases, change of Investigating Officers, or officer in any other probe. The court issued notice to the Centre and others and agreed to examine the petition filed by Verma. “We want to examine the matter. We don’t want this to go on,” the bench said.
The court will take up the matter next on November 12 by when the Centre will place a copy of the inquiry report against Verma in sealed cover.Appearing for Verma, Fali Nariman said that ‘CBI Director was appointed with approval of selection panel having PM, Leader of Opposition and CJI.’ He also referred to the CVC and Centre’s orders divesting Verma of his duties. He also cited Vineet Narain judgment to support Verma’s plea. On other hand, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appeared for the CVC. Attorney General was there for Centre.