CBI infighting: CVC report should be given to Alok Verma, says SC

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NEW DELHI: The CVC’s “exhaustive” preliminary report on allegations against CBI Director Alok Verma concludes that some findings are “complimentary” and some “very uncomplimentary”, needing further investigation by the panel, the Supreme Court said Friday.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi ordered that the confidential Central Vigilance Commission report be given to Verma in a sealed cover and asked him to respond to it by Monday, also in a sealed cover.
It will take up the matter on Tuesday. Verma would respond to the CVC report as soon as possible and would file his reply on November 19, his lawyer, Fali S Nariman, told the bench.
“Once we will have your (Verma) response, we will take a decision,” the CJI said.
The top court was hearing Verma’s plea challenging the government’s order divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave in view of allegations of corruption against him.
The allegations were levelled by his deputy Asthana, against whom the CBI has filed an FIR on charges of graft. Asthana was also sent on leave by the Centre.
The bench also directed that the Central Vigilance Commission report be given to Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is representing the CVC.
However, it turned down Asthana’s request that he also be provided the report.