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CBI Case: SC hears arguments challenging Alok Verma's ouster, next hearing on Dec 5

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The lead bench, headed by of (CJI) and also comprising of Justices and K. M. Joseph, on Thursday resumed hearing of the case challenging the validity of CBI Alok Verma's ouster.

CBI had filed a petition challenging the decision of the to send him on leave. CBI is being represented by Mallikarjun Kharge, of the largest opposition- Congress has also challenged the order and is being represented by

In this crucial case, Fali S Nariman, appearing for Alok Verma, started the argument and submitted to the three-judge bench that he had already filed the reply to the (Central Vigilance Committee) CVC inquiry report.

He also submitted to the bench that the should have a minimum period irrespective of his superannuation adding that the director's transfer should be cleared by which selected him.

Thereafter, Dushyant Dave, began his argument on behalf of NGO Common Cause.

Dave said that if the felt the necessity to remove Verma, they should have moved the committee or this court. As it didn't follow either path, their order ought to be quashed. "The CVC is responsible for the smooth functioning of the CBI," he added.

representing Kharge submitted to the that CVC cannot use the power of superintendence to remove

"The ambit of the power of superintendence of (Central Vigilance Committee) CVC is limited. They can't simply use this to remove a Director of the CBI, or seal his office. This is outside the ambit of the power of CVC. On this recommendation, (Department of Personnel and Training) DoPT has removed CBI Director. Both don't stand legally," Sibal argued.

also made his arguments in the case, appearing for AK Bassi, former Investigation in Rakesh Asthana case.

KK Venugopal presented argument on behalf of

K K Venugopal submitted to the SC that the committee selects a group of candidates for the appointment of Director of CBI, and puts it up before the government. Then, it is the government which appoints the right candidate, out of these.

Bench after hearing all the arguments culminated hearing for the day and fixed next date of hearing.

The court will hear the matter next on December 5.

During the last hearing on November 20, the had adjourned the hearing till today after expressing strong displeasure on the publication of "leaked" reports in the media. The court had observed that the "highest degree of confidentiality" should have been maintained on the issue of (CBI) director Alok Kumar Verma's case against the order to divest his powers.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 16:40 IST
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