The Supreme Court, which is hearing the case against CBI Director Alok Verma, has decided to give him the CVC report in a sealed cover. It has asked him to file his response to the report, by Monday and posted the matter for further hearing on Tuesday, November 20.
The Supreme Court bench on Friday headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi observed that “CVC report is very uncomplimentary on some charges against Alok Verma and on some it says further probe is needed.”
It also said that the CVC report should also be given to Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. Additionally, in a setback for special director Rakesh Asthana, the court turned down his request that the CVC report be provided to him as well.
It was stated earlier that there were attempts by the CVC to file a report in such a way that would have kept CBI Director Alok Verma under the realm of suspicion. However, the move was thwarted by retired SC judge Ashok Patnaik, who camped in CVC office. He was assigned to monitor the probe by the Supreme The court asked all parties to keep confidentiality of the report in order to preserve sanctity and confidence in the institution, i.e. CBI. For this reason court directed Verma’s counsel, senior advocate Fali Nariman to file his response by Monday in a sealed cover. Court.