The Supreme Court today ruled that investigation against CBI Director Alok Verma will be carried under the supervision of a retired SC judge.
The probe will be completed in two weeks by Central Vigilance Commission.
The top court also instructed the interim CBI director M Nageswar Rao to not to take any major decisions and stick to routine tasks.
The court has ordered to provide a list of all the decisions taken by Rao in a sealed cover on the next date of hearing, November 12.
“We make it clear that the introspect or supervision of the ongoing enquiry by a former judge is a one-time exception felt necessary by this court on the peculiar facts of this case and does not reflect on the functioning of the CVC,” the three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.
An NGO Common Cause, in a separate petition has requested the court to assign a special team to investigate charges against CBI special director Rakesh Asthana.
Verma and Asthana, the No.1 and No.2 officers of CBI has accused each other of corruption. As a result, the Government has sent both the officers on leave.
CBI has said that Verma didn’t cooperate during the investigation.
Both petitions – Verma’s as well as the one filed by Common Cause – sought the removal of Asthana from CBI and the quashing of the order issued to appoint M Nageswar Rao as interim chief.
On the other hand, Asthana has also filed a petition against the government order sending him on leave.
But the judges remarked, they hadn’t received a copy of his petition and quipped that he may just have “missed the bus”.