KK Venugopal
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CBI controversy evokes grave concern, AG tells apex court

New Delhi, Dec 5: The Centre was alarmed at the infighting in the institution of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Supreme Court was informed on Wednesday.

Hearing will continue tomorrow before the three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

'The fight between CBI director Alok Verma and its special director Rakesh Asthana was becoming critical and a matter of public debate. Government of India was watching with amazement as to what the top officers were doing, they were fighting like cats,' Attorney General KK Venugopal told the apex court.

Arguments would resume tomorrow at 10.30 am.

The AG submitted that it was a well settled law that transfer is change from one station to another and Verma is retaining his designation, bungalow and benefits.

Mr Venugopal informed the bench that the Centre had divested both the director and special director due to their public spat.

Subsequently, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta started submissions for the Central Vigilance Commission.

CVC shall be responsible for the efficient function of the CBI.

CBI, Mr Mehta added, shall report to the CVC.

Under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, CVC was given additional power to direct and superintendence. It empowers CVC to issue direction. (UNI)