In the case of dispute between top two officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the government told the Supreme Court how it was forced to strip CBI chief Alok Verma in larger public interest to ensure institutional integrity.
The government cited extraordinary situation that forced central government act and divest Alok Verma of his powers till the Chief Vigilance Commission takes a decision.
This was conveyed to the top court by the Attorney General KK Venugopal.
“CVC has to decide who is right and wrong,” the central government’s lawyer said.
The Supreme Court is hearing Alok Verma’s petition against forced leave and his response to a vigilance report on him.
His lawyer Fali Nariman has argued that the government’s order stripping him of charges had no basis, that the CBI director can be removed only with the approval of a committee.
The CBI Director has been accused by his deputy Rakesh Asthana of taking bribe from a Hyderabad-based businessman being investigated by the agency.
Alok Verma has accused Asthana of the same crime.>