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The Supreme Court today adjourned CBI chief Alok Verma's case to November 29, saying that none of the parties deserves to be heard.
The apex court said, "Our efforts were to make sure individual officers are protected and so we asked for confidentiality. But we don't think any of you deserves a hearing."
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph handed over to senior advocate Fali S Nariman, appearing for Verma, the copy of a report by news portal The Wire, which has published the CBI director's response.
The SC expressed strong displeasure over the leak of CBI director Alok Kumar Verma's confidential reply in the media.
The court was also upset that one of Verma’s counsel, Gopal Sankarnarayan, appealed seeking additional time on 19 November without the authorisation of senior advocate Nariman.
Online publication, The Wire, which apparently carried a report on Alok Verma's submissions to the Supreme Court clarified that it did not have access to the confidential response given by the sidelined CBI director. "This is to clarify that our stories were on Alok Verma’s responses to questions the CVC put to him. These were not in a sealed cover and were not meant for the SC. As for his response to CVC’s final report, handed over to SC in a sealed cover, we haven’t seen/reported that" the media house tweeted.
This is to clarify that @thewire_in stories were on Alok Verma’s responses to questions the CVC put to him. These were not in a sealed cover and were not meant for the SC. As for his response to CVC’s final report, handed over to SC in sealed cover, we haven’t seen/reported that. https://t.co/ej7htVwBRJ— The Wire (@thewire_in) November 20, 2018
Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, representing CVC in case, rose to make a submission but the Supreme Court denied to hear him. Gopal Sankaranarayanan, another of Verma's counsel, also sought to clarify his stance but the Chief Justice refused to hear him as well.
"Nobody is under any clout that they should seek clearance from us," the court said. The Supreme Court said it will listen to Nariman only.