CBI Vs CBI: Supreme Court Questions Govt's ‘Overnight Decision’ To Divest Alok Verma Of His Powers

| December 6 , 2018 , 16:01 IST

The apex court on Thursday questioned Narendra Modi Government's  overnight decision on October 23 to divest two senior-most officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

This came day after the government told the Supreme Court that it had to intervene in the bitter fight between Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana as it had "exposed the CBI to ridicule".

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said Attorney General K K Venugopal told it that circumstances culminating in the situation started in July.

According to reports of ANI, Gogoi asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is representing the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in the case, as hearing over Verma's plea against the decision to send him on sudden leave in a surprise midnight move continued in the apex court,“When Verma was retiring in few months why not wait for few more months and consult selection committee?”

“Government has to be fair, what was the difficulty in consulting the selection committee before divesting Alok Verma of his power? Essence of every government action should be to adopt the best course.”he added.

During the hearing of CBI Director Alok Verma's plea, the Central Vigilance Commission told the Supreme Court that 'extraordinary situations need extraordinary remedies'.

Attorney General KK Venugopal, who appeared on the Centre’s behalf, said Verma’s contention that he was transferred was artificial.

Advocate Fali Nariman for CBI Director Alok Verma said, 'In all circumstances they must consult the selection committee. Transfer in this case doesn't mean transfer in service jurisprudence. Transfer doesn't only mean one place to another.'

He further addedd, 'There can’t be an acting Chief Justice of India, there has to be a Chief Justice of India as per the constitution. Same situation here, they can't have an acting director of CBI.'

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The top court was hearing a petition filed by CBI top official Verma against the Centre’s decision to divest him of powers.

Meanwhile Supreme Court reserved its order on a plea filed by CBI Director Alok Verma and NGO common cause challenging the Center's decision to divest Verma of his charges.