The Supreme Court will hear on Friday the petition of Alok Verma challenging the Government order to send him on leave. A 3-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear the plea on Friday.
While Fali Nariman to appear for Alok Verma, Mukul Rohtagi will be appeared for Rakesh Asthana and Attorney General will represent the Central Vigilance Commission(CVC). The Court is also likely to consider the plea of Prashant Bhushan for quashing the order passed on the night of October 23 appointing Nageshwar Rao as the new interim director. Prashant Bhushan had made a mention before a Bench of Chief Justice Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Kishen Kaul for the urgent listing of the petition on Friday along with Verma’s petition. The CJI told the counsel that he would consider the request.
Through NGO Common Cause, Bhushan contended that the order issued by the Central Vigilance Commission, by which the incumbent director Alok Verma was illegally divested of all the work related to the Director CBI for malafide reasons.
Following CVC's recommendations, the central Government on Wednesday midnight had stripped off responsibilities of CBI's warring top two, Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Along with this, the Government had appointed M Nageshwara Rao, a joint director at the agency, as CBI’s interim director.
Verma, in his plea, said the action of central government of sending him on leave was in violation of the provisions under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, which secures a two-year term for the CBI director.
After the government order, CBI director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana were on leave from Wednesday midnight.
The government move comes after a week-long standoff that began with CBI boss Alok Verma filing a case against his deputy, Rakesh Asthana, accusing him of bribery in an investigation.