Update at 11:25 am: What is happening within the CBI is not in the interest of the country: CJI Ranjan Gogoi
Update at 11:23 am: Ongoing inquiry by CVC to be completed within 10 days under the supervision of a SC judge: CJI Ranjan Gogoi
Update at 11:16 am: Hearing begins in Supreme Court.
Update at 11:07 am: Rakesh Asthana asks for removal of Alok Verma, seeks initiation of inquiry against the corruption charges made against him. Counsels to ask for the Rakesh Asthana’s petition to be heard today as well
Update at 11:06 am: Rakesh Asthana moves Supreme Court, challenges ouster from CBI.
Update at 11:05 am: Huge number of Congress workers begin their protest against government.
Update at 10:40 am: Congress to protest against government, will hold a march from Dayal Singh College to CBI headquarters. TMC to also participate.
Update at 9:15 am: Dushyant Dave will also be representing Prashant Bhushan’s NGO Common Cause. Mukul Rohatgi to represent Rakesh Asthana as well.
The Supreme Court on Friday will hear the plea of CBI Director Alok Verma, who has been divested of his role and sent on leave by the government under the recommendations of the CVC. He will be represented in the topmost court by Senior Advocate Fali Nariman, while on the other side, the government will be represented by Attorney General KK Venugopal. For CVC, newly appointed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta will be spearheading in the case.
Verma had filed a petition in the apex court on Wednesday, seeking quashing of his being put on leave while also terming the order of CVC as illegal. The petition lists Alok Kumar Verma IPS as petitioner and the Union of India (Department of Personnel and Training) and the Central Vigilance Commission as respondents.
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The recent turn of events came after the government stepped into the in-fight within CBI on the wee hours of Wednesday, and decided to send both Verma and Asthana on a leave. Further, for the interim period, IPS Nageshwar Rao was elevated as the CBI boss. CBI's No.1 Verma was accused by Asthana of corruption, though, the agency had booked case of bribery against Asthana himself earlier this month.
Another big case which will be heard in the SC will be the petition filed by Prashant Bhushan's NGO Common Cause. Bhushan will be arguing on behalf of his own NGO, while Asthana will be represented by Senior Advocate Amarendra Saran. The senior lawyer is seeking dismissal of IPS Nageshwar Rao as the interim CBI boss, while also calling for removal of Rakesh Asthana from CBI and a SIT probe into the cases of corruption against the officers of the agency.