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CBI director Alok Verma's plea: SC says essence of govt action must be in interest of institution

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme Court, which is hearing Alok Verma's plea against the Centre's decision to divest him of powers and send him on leave, on Thursday said the essence of government action must be in the interest of the institution.

A bench headed by said K K told it that circumstances culminating in the situation started in July.

Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Central Vigilance Commission, referred to apex court judgements and laws governing the

The apex court said it was not that the fight between the and Special emerged overnight, forcing the govt to divest the without consulting the

The were fighting like "kilkenny cats", exposing the country's investigating agency to "public ridicule", the government told the on Wednesday while justifying the decision to divest Verma of his duties.

(AG) K K also told the top court that the government was well "within its right to intervene" and send both officers on leave by divesting them of their powers.

The top asserted that "only the God knows where and how this fight between the two top officers would have ended" if the government would not have taken the action which was aimed at restoring the public faith in the CBI.

The court was hearing pleas of Verma, who is challenging the Centre's decision against him, and NGO Common Cause, seeking a court-monitored SIT probe into allegations of corruption against various CBI officials, including Asthana.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 11:55 IST
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