Supreme Court, today ordered the CVC to complete its probe into the internal feud involving CBI chief Alok Verma and Special director Rakesh Asthana within two weeks.
The top court, however, appointed former SC judge A K Patnaik to supervise the CVC probe.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and K M Joseph also directed senior IPS officer M N Rao, appointed as the CBI chief for an interim, not to take any policy decisions.
The court directed that all orders passed by Rao from the time of his appointment till the passing of orders would be kept in sealed cover and presented before it on next date of hearing, November 12.
The court issued notice to the Centre and others and agreed to examine the petition filed by Verma.
“We want to examine the matter. We don’t want this to go on,” the bench said.
Senior advocate F S Nariman, representing Verma, challenged the orders passed by the CVC and DoPT on October 23, says he cannot be divested of charge as CBI chief as his appointment is for two years.
He also pointed out his appointment has been made a high powered committee comprising PM, leader of opposition and CJI. But the orders were passed without permission from the committee.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi also sought to put forth arguments on behalf of Asthana but the court refused. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave appeared for NGO ‘Common Cause’ challenging the orders issued on October 23 and seeking removal of Asthana.
The CVC was represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.>