Hearing the CBI Chief Alok Verma’s plea challenging the Union Government’s decision to divest him of his powers, the Supreme Court of India today directed the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to conduct a probe within two weeks, as per TOI report. Terming the matter as national importance, the SC felt that the issue cannot brook any delay. Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice of India and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said, “We want to see preliminary probe report in ten days to decide whether it requires further probe.”
The apex court further deputed retired SC Judge, AK Patnaik to supervise the CVC inquiry against Verma. Elaborating its directions, the SC said that it ordered a retired SC Judge to supervise the CVC inquiry against Verma because of the importance of the case for the country and is one time exception without casting aspersions on any constitutional or statutory authority. The SC also asked interim CBI Director, Nageswar Rao not to take any policy decision and do only routine job to keep the agency going. The apex court further asked the Federal Government to give in sealed cover the decisions taken till date by interim director Rao after being assigned the interim charge as CBI Director. Furthermore, the SC also ordered the interim CBI Director Rao to submit in sealed cover on November 12, the next date of hearing, the number of CBI officers transferred and IOs changed from October 23 till 11.30 AM of October 26.