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SC asks CBI officers to assail their transfers at appropriate forum

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

officers who were transferred overnight to various places after the Centre's decision to divest the probe agency's of his powers, failed to get any relief from the on Tuesday which asked them to approach appropriate forum assailing their transfers.

Soon after taking over the role of director, M Nageswara Rao, a 1986-batch from Odisha cadre, transferred over many officers, including M K and A K Bassi who were who were probing special in an alleged bribery case.

Verma, who was divested of his powers and sent on leave on October 23 by the and the (DoPT), had moved the apex court challenging the decision.

A bench headed by allowed Verma to come back as the Director, albeit with his wings clipped, and gave a jolt to the Centre and the CVC by setting aside their orders divesting him of his powers and sending him on leave.

CBI officers including DIG M K Sinha, a 2000 batch from cadre and Dy SP A K Bassi, who were transferred to and respectively, had filed separate in the pending plea of Verma against their overnight transfers.

The apex court said it had dealt with the legality of the orders of the Centre and the CVC divesting Verma of his powers and appointing as the interim and would not go into the consequential transfer orders.

"Coming to the several (interim applications) filed, we are of the view that the orders of transfer etc impugned/mentioned in the said are a sequel of the three ordersdated23rdOctober,2018which were specifically impugned inthewritpetitions.Aswehave answered thewritpetitionsinthemanner...,

"Wedo not considerit necessary to examine the correctness of the further/consequential orders of transfer etc. and thattooonthe basis of filed in pending writ petitions underArticle32oftheConstitution."

The apex court, however said that it was for the transferred CBI officers to challenge the consequential transfer orders in "an appropriate manner and before the appropriate forum".

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 21:00 IST