CBI vs CBI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing in the ongoing infighting in CBI involving its Director Alok Kumar Varma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana to November 29. Angry over alleged leaks of secret documents, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said, “For reasons which the Court is not inclined to record, the hearing has been deferred. We don’t think anyone of you deserves a hearing.”
The court was miffed over leak of Verma’s confidential response filed on Monday with its secretary general. On Monday, the Supreme Court had refused to grant more time to Verma to file his response on the findings of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and directed his lawyer Gopal Sankaranarayanan him to submit the reply as quickly as possible. The CVC had submitted its report to the court last week in a sealed cover.
Reacting to the development, senior advocate and Verma’s counsel FS Nariman expresses shock over leak of CBI director’s response. CJI Ranjan Gogoi also handed over a media report to Fali Nariman which has contents of response of Alok Verma which was supposed to be in sealed cover.
The crisis at the CBI began when Verma and Deputy Director Rakesh Asthana accused each of corruption. Subsequently, the government issued an order to send Verma and Asthana on leave and appointed M Nageshwar Rao as the interim chief. The matter reached the threshold of Supreme Court when Verma challenged the government’s move to divest him of powers. The action was initiation on a recommendation made by the CVC.