The Supreme Court on Friday – in an interim order – gave two weeks to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to finish its enquiry against Alok Verma, who on early Wednesday was divested by the Narendra Modi government of his powers as the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The probe is to be conducted under the supervision of former apex court judge Justice A.K. Patnaik.
The court was hearing Verma’s plea against the “patently illegal” government decision – taken on the recommendation of the CVC – effectively replacing him with an acting director. Friday’s order is an interim measure. The substantive aspects of Verma’s plaint will be taken up by the court on November 12. On Wednesday morning, the Centre acted to divest Verma and, special director Rakesh Asthana, sending them both on indefinite leave and placing the agency in the hands of acting director M. Nageshwar Rao.