New Delhi: A three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Friday ruled in an interim order that the Central Vigilance Commission finish its enquiry against Alok Verma, who was early on Wednesday divested from his role as CBI director by the Narendra Modi government, within two weeks. The probe will be supervised by former Supreme Court judge Justice A.K. Patnaik.
The court was hearing Verma’s plea against the “patently illegal” government decision – taken on the recommendation of the CVC – effectively replacing him with an acting director.
Friday’s order is an interim measure. The substantive aspects of Verma’s plaint will be taken up by the court on November 12.
The bench, also comprising Justice A.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph, asked acting CBI director M. Nageshwar Rao to refrain from taking any policy decisions.
The full text of the order is below.