Former Attorney General of India and Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi appeared on Friday, before the Supreme Court to represent CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Rohatgi shared exclusive information of the exalted case with Republic TV that is dispossessing the top CBI officials off their power.
On Friday, the Supreme Court (SC) ordered the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to complete the inquiry against Alok Verma within two weeks. Further, Rohatgi shared how the SC addressed the lack of co-operation from Verma in giving proper responses.
"As far as the court is concerned it is only endorsed the view of the CVC, that the matter is of serious concern about the credibility of the director and therefore an inquiry is a must. CVC has recorded that regretfully the Director (Alok Verma) did not cooperate in giving proper replies. Now the SC has added that within 2 weeks the inquiry must be completed. So once the inquiry is completed it will be clear whether the Director is guilty of some cognizable offenses or not. If he is, then, of course, there is no way he could come back because then it will be a crime. If he's not then he will have something to say as far as the court is concerned," he said.
Rohatgi, who appeared for Asthana even filed a petition before the court.
"As far as Mr. Asthana is concerned, I appeared for Mr. Asthana, we've filed a petition on his behalf which is not listed today. It is Mr. Asthana's grievance that he is the one who made a complaint to the Cabinet Secretary which went to the CVC in August this year, in which Asthana has raised some serious charges, so Asthana's grievance is that the Director could be divested of his power," he further added.
The announcement by SC of inquiry into corruption allegations on Alok Verma instigated a protest from the Opposition led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and several of his other leaders. On the politicization of the case, Rohatgi shared, "As far as I am concerned, I'm a lawyer and I don't go by political affiliations. I do not know who's waiting outside or where whoever comes to me I will defend that. But, in the court, normally when there are political rivalries, you will find lawyers belonging to different hues but in this case, I did not find any lawyers or the Director having any political affiliations inside the court,"
Special Director Asthana and Director Verma were both sent on a leave after accusation of corruption directed at each other. Rakesh Asthana's case would be heard on Monday at the Delhi High Court.