SC reserves order on Alok Verma’s plea

The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on a plea filed by CBI Director Alok Verma and NGO Common Cause challenging the Center’s decision to divest Verma of his powers.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi concluded the arguments on behalf of Verma, Centre, Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and others who were party in the matter.

The court also heard the petition moved by NGO Common Cause which had sought court-monitored SIT probe into allegations of corruption against various CBI officials including Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Verma and Asthana have made allegations of corruption against each other. 

During the hearing, NGO’s lawyer Dushyant Dave told the apex court today, that All India Service rules don’t apply to CBI Director as the post has a fixed tenure irrespective of superannuation. Earlier, the CVC told the apex court that extraordinary situations need extraordinary remedies.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CVC, referred to apex court judgements and laws governing the CBI and said the Commission’s superintendence (over the CBI) encompasses “surprise, extraordinary situations”.

The bench, also comprising Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph, said Attorney General KK Venugopal told the court that circumstances culminating in the situation had started in July.

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