CBI vs CBI: Odisha Congress joins nationwide protests against Centre

27 October, 2018, 22:37 | Author: Carlos George
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A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also ordered the CBI to place before the apex court all decisions taken by Rao in a sealed cover on 12 November, the next date of hearing. The CVC, however, submitted that 10 days were not sufficient as it has to look into several documents.

The apex court directed that interim CBI chief M Nageswara Rao shall not take any major policy decisions.

"The question is whether the tenure could be breached at any time?", he told the bench and said that consent of the committee was needed for transferring the CBI director.

After staging a huge protest outside the CBI headquarters against the move to divest CBI Director Alok Verma of his powers, Congress president Rahul Gandhi courted arrest along with other party leaders on Friday.

Earlier, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that Gandhi and other leaders were arrested from the CBI headquarters.

"We make it clear that entrustment of supervision of on-going inquiry by the CVC to a former judge of this court is a one-time exception that has been felt necessary by this court in the peculiar facts of this case and should not be understood to be casting any reflection on any authority of the government of India", the order stated. The court also issued notices to the Centre on both petitions.

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By Friday morning, Asthana also filed a petition against the government order sending him on leave.

During the brief hearing today, senior advocate FS Nariman advanced arguments on behalf of the CBI chief.

Nariman also argued that in this matter, orders were passed by the government which divested Verma of his duties and send him on leave. Asthana, it was said, has close links with the top officials of the prime minister's office and was handling important cases against the opposition leaders. Rohatgi said that Asthana's plea could be listed for hearing on October 29.

Following the ugly public spat, the government made a decision to send both Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on leave. He also cited the Vineet Narain judgment to support Verma's pleas.

Nearly a year before that, another bench of the Supreme Court had come down heavily on the CBI while hearing a coal scam case and had said the probe agency had become a "caged parrot" speaking in the voice of its political masters.

"This was necessary in the larger interest of fairness because you can't be heading an agency which is investigating into your own conduct", he said.

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