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CBI vs CBI: SC to pronounce judgement on Tuesday

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The is scheduled to pronounce on Tuesday its verdict on Kumar Verma's plea against the Centre's decision to divest him of powers and sending him on leave.

The Centre had taken a decision against Verma and CBI's Special after their feud become public as they made allegations of corruption against each other.

Verma has sought quashing of three orders of October 23, 2018 -- one by the (CVC) and two by the (DoPT), as being without jurisdiction and in violation of Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution.

CBI's Joint M Nageswara Rao, a 1986 batch Odisha-cadre IPS officer, was given the charge of

A bench headed by had on December 6 reserved the judgement after hearing arguments on behalf of Verma, the Centre, the CVC and others.

The court had also heard the plea moved by NGO Common Cause which had sought a court-monitored SIT probe into the allegations of corruption against various officials, including Asthana.

Verma's two-year tenure as director ends on January 31. He has moved the top court challenging the Centre's decision.

The Centre had justified its decision to divest Verma of his duties and sending him on leave before the apex court saying he and Asthana were fighting like "Kilkenny cats", exposing the country's investigating agency to "public ridicule".

K K Venugopal had told the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, that the Centre was well "within its right to intervene" and send both officers on leave by divesting them of their powers.

Venugopal had told the court 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.

Challenging the government's decision, Verma's Fali S Nariman had argued that the was appointed on February 1, 2017 and "the position of law is that there will be a fixed tenure of two years and this gentleman cannot be even transferred".

Nariman had said there was no basis for the CVC to pass an order recommending that Verma be sent on leave.

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

First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 18:45 IST
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