Retired SC judge to monitor probe against Alok Verma, Rakesh Asthana: CJI

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New Delhi Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said on Friday that AK Patnaik, a retired Supreme Court judge, will monitor probe against CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana. CJI Gogoi also said that the CVC inquiry into allegations and counter-allegations against the two officers, who have been sent on leave by the government, would be completed in two weeks.

Verma’s lawyer Fali Nariman had argued that the ‘order passed by the CVC and the Union Government to send Verma on leave was without any authority under the law.’ SC issued notices to CVC and Centre asking them for their replies in the matter.

Significantly, the SC said that M Nageshwar Rao – the interim head of CBI – will not take any policy decisions and will only be responsible for routine tasks till SC hears the matter again on November 12. It also said that all decisions taken by Rao till Friday will have to be submitted to it in a sealed envelope.

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