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The cases filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma and NGO Common Cause challenging the decision of the Central government to send Verma on leave continue today at the Supreme Court.
In October, the Court had ordered that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiry initiated against Verma be completed within two weeks under the supervision of Justice (Retd.) AK Patnaik, to find out if there is a prima facie case made out against Verma.
On November 16, the Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph had directed that a copy of the CVC report be served on Alok Verma so that he can respond to it. Alok Verma submitted his response to the CVC report in a sealed cover on November 19.
In yesterday’s hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had commenced his arguments on behalf of the CVC. Senior Counsel Fali Nariman, Dushyant Dave, Kapil Sibal and Rajeev Dhavan have argued against the government’s decision to send Verma on leave. Attorney General KK Venugopal has also argued to defend the State’s decision to send Verma on leave. Arguments in the case will continue today.
Live Updates of today’s hearing follow:
Submissions by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta
Submissions by Attorney General KK Venugopal
Submissions by Additional Solicitor General PS Narasimha
Submissions by Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi
Submissions by Senior Advocate Fali Nariman
Post lunch updates:
Submissions by Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave
Submissions by Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal
Submissions by Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan
Hearing concludes in Supreme Court. Verdict reserved.
Read the order below.