The Supreme Court today issued notice in the petition filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) DSP AK Bassi challenging his transfer to Port Blair..Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Bassi, told the Court that the DSP was in charge of an actual investigation at the time he was transferred out of the CBI’s ACB 3 unit..The Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna was told by Dhavan that Bassi was brought back to Delhi after Alok Verma was reinstated as the CBI Director briefly in January this year..The Court has issued notice in the case seeking a reply from the Centre in six weeks..Bassi was transferred to Port Blair in October 2018 after then Director Alok Verma was divested of his powers by the Centre. The transfer order was passed by then Interim Director of the agency M Nageshwar Rao..In October last year, Bassi had challenged this transfer order. This transfer, Bassi alleged in his IA, is vitiated by malafide, and constitutes interference in the fair and impartial investigation of cases he was handling..During the brief period Alok Verma was reinstated as CBI Director pursuant to the Supreme Court judgment, Bassi had been transferred back to Delhi. However, Verma was removed consequent to the decision of the high powered Committee on January 11..The very same day, M Nageshwar Rao was assigned charge of Director and he issued instruction to transfer Bassi back to Andaman. Bassi had challenged this, stating that the transfer to Delhi cannot be revoked by a generic order without stating any reasons..Bassi has also made some strong submissions against M Nageshwar Rao, who is currently the acting Director. He has alleged that Rao represents certain elements within the CBI who do not want a free and fair probe against Rakesh Asthana.