Finally Alok Verma files response to CVC; Supreme Court to take up matter on Tuesday
CBI director Alok Verma files reply with Supreme Court on CVC's charges against him
New Delhi, Nov 19, News24 Bureau: CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma on Monday filed his response in the Supreme Court on findings of the CVC's preliminary probe report on corruption charges against him in a sealed cover.The apex court had earlier in the day asked Verma to file his response "as quickly as possible" during the day" and made it clear that it will not adjourn the scheduled hearing on Tuesday after his lawyer sought more time.The apex court, on November 16, had asked Verma to file his response in a sealed cover to the preliminary probe report of the Central Vigilance Commission on corruption charges against the CBI Director by 1 pm on Monday.The bench made clear that it will not shift the schedule date of hearing and asked him to file his response "as quickly as possible" during the day by 4 pm itself to enable it to peruse the reply.Earlier, the apex court had said that the CVC has made some "very uncomplimentary" findings in its probe on corruption allegations against Verma and wanted further investigations into some of the charges which required more time, adding there were also some "very complimentary" conclusions.
Earlier the findings of the CVC were handed over to CBI Director Alok Verma. The Supreme Court had said the CVC's "exhaustive" preliminary report on allegations against CBI Director Alok Verma has concluded that some findings are "complimentary" and some "very uncomplimentary", needing further investigation by the panel.The bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, besides Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the CVC inquiry, which was being supervised by former apex court judge Justice A K Patnaik, had given an exhaustive report on the various charges against Verma.The top court had said the CVC report should also be given to Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. The confidentiality of the CVC report is needed to protect public confidence in CBI and sanctity of the institution, it said. The court said it will consider the matter pertaining to decisions taken by acting CBI director M Nageswara Rao from October 23-26 on the next date of hearing.The apex court had said Verma should file his response in a sealed cover by Monday. It will take up the matter on Tuesday. The court turned down Special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana's request that the CVC report be provided to him as well.
Now a major development is expected on Tuesday.