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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 is being heard 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.
So far, arguments in the case have been made by senior counsel Fali Nariman, Dushyant Dave, Kapil Sibal and Rajeev Dhavan. Attorney General KK Venugopal had also commenced arguments defending the state’s decision to send Verma on leave.
The arguments will continue today. Notably, the Court has asked that the arguments focus on the aspect of deference to the Special Committee which selects the CBI Director before taking decisions concerning his transfer/sending him on leave.
Live updates of today’s hearing follow:
Hearing commences in Supreme Court.