CBI Director Alok Verma should be given CVC report in sealed cover: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday said CBI Director Alok Verma should be given the CVC report on the allegations against him in a sealed cover and asked him to file his response by Monday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the Central Vigilance Commission report should also be given to Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.

The top court observed during the hearing that the CVC report is “very uncomplimentary” on some charges against Verma and said a further probe was needed on some aspects.

The apex court said Verma should file his response in a sealed cover by Monday. It will take up the matter on Tuesday.

The court turned down Special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana’s request that the CVC report be provided to him as well.

In the meanwhile, Ex CBI chief, Alok Verma has labelled serious allegations against the Prime Minister’s Office claiming that a ‘top official’ of PMO was directly following up on the case against Lalu Prasad, hinting at the possibility of a political vendetta against the opposition leader. He also said, ““how the officers investigating Mr Asthana were transferred outside Delhi to Jabalpur and Port Blair” astonished him adding, “It is evident that the CVC complaint by Asthana, and the probe initiated by CVC thereafter, led to more fabrication of documents and a criminal act on the part of Mr Asthana.”

The fiasco in CBI has not only tainted the image of CBI as a premier investigating agency but allowed the opposition to train its guns on government. With Alok Verma’s response to apex court this opposition is going to gather more smoke and will possibly keep the government involved.

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