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SC Grants Two Weeks’ Time To CVC To Conclude The CBI Matter

The Supreme Court on Friday gave the CVC two weeks’ time to conclude its inquiry into the current CBI mess.

The court was hearing CBI chief Alok Verma’s plea against the Centre’s order to divest him of powers and send him on leave.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph heard the plea.

Senior advocate FS Nariman opened arguments on behalf of the CBI chief.

Nariman told the court that the CBI director was appointed with the approval of the selection panel comprising the PM, Leader of Opposition and the CJI.

Nariman refers to the CVC and Centre’s orders divesting Verma of his duties. He also cites the Vineet Narain judgment to support Verma’s plea.

The SC said the CVC inquiry on allegations and counter-allegations in the agency should be completed in 10 days under the court supervision.

The Centre and CBI will provide the CVC report to the court in a sealed cover within 10 days, the court said.

The CVC said 10 days for the CBI inquiry were not sufficient as it had to look into several documents.

The apex court issued notice on pleas by Verma and NGO Common Cause to CBI and the Centre.

The Supreme Court granted two weeks’ time to CVC to conclude the probe.

SC ex-judge A K Patnaik would oversee the CVC inquiry said the apex court.

Interim CBI chief M Nageswar Rao would not take any major policy decisions, the court said.

Decisions taken by Rao from October 23 to date would not be implemented, the SC said.

The court posted the next date of hearing as November 12.

The court said the decisions taken by Rao till date had to be placed before it in a sealed cover.

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