Supreme Court today ordered the Central Vigilance Commission to complete the probe into the allegations against CBI director Alok Verma made by his deputy Rakesh Asthana in two weeks.
It however refused to stay the appointment of Nageshwar Rao who was given charge of CBI on Tuesday after Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana were asked to go on leave. The court while hearing the petition of Verma, said the investigation must be conducted under the supervision of former justice of Supreme Court AK Patnaik.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also restrained Nageshwar Rao, who has been named interim director of the agency, from taking any major policy decisions during this time. CJI also ruled that Rao should only handle routine tasks to maintain the functioning of the investigation agency.
While refusing to hear Asthana's plea who had raised corruption charges against Verma which led to the shuffle in the investigation agency, CJI Gogoi said the decisions should be placed in a sealed cover on November 12. The court would hear the matter that day itself.
In a midnight action on Tuesday, the Modi government ordered Verma and Asthana to go on an indefinite leave till their names were cleared in inquires pending against them. The offices of the two were sealed and many top officials were transferred.
Verma moved the court, challenging the legality of the order. According to law, the CBI director’s term is for two years and the appointment is after consultation among the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India and the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha.