Don’t take any major decisions: SC tells interim CBI chief Nageshwar Rao

Who is M Nageshwar Rao

The checks imposed by the Supreme Court have ensured that the CVC power to inquire into the charges against Verma are supervised by a former judge of the apex court; and that the interim director can not take any policy decisions insofar as the CBI is concerned.

All decisions taken by Nageswara Rao have to be placed before the court in a sealed cover.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for CVC, said that several documents were required to be looked into during the inquiry and 10 days time would not be sufficient.

The judges have set a two-week deadline for the CVC to complete the probe against Verma which would be conducted under the supervision of a retired judge of the top court, A K Patnaik.

The CVC took an overnight decision to divest me completely of the CBI director's role.

Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India´s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and president of the Congress party, was briefly taken to a Delhi police station after leading a march by hundreds of supporters to the CBI headquarters. The CVC has also said that for the time being, no monitoring by anyone else should be allowed.




He was part of the two-member Supreme Court bench which had commuted the death sentence of the American Centre attack mastermind Aftab Ansari and Jamulludin Nasir. The bench told Rohatgi that since his petition is not before it, the court would not hear him at this stage.

However, the Union government had already taken a step back late evening on October 25, a day ahead of the SC order, when the CBI spokesperson clarified to the media that both Verma and Asthana were only sent on leave pending inquiry and not dismissed as was being projected.

During the brief hearing Friday, senior advocate F S Nariman advanced arguments on behalf of the CBI chief. It came amid a tussle between Verma and the agency's Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

It also said that the high-powered committee comprising the Prime Minister, leader of the opposition and Chief Justice of India was not consulted by the Centre before appointing Rao as the interim director. He cited the Vineet Narain judgment to support Verma's pleas.

The members of the party raised slogans demanding reinstatement of Alok Verma as CBI Director and also sought an apology from PM Modi for tarnishing the image of the probe agency.

Kharge said it is not easy to function as a writer, academic or a political leader "under a vindictive and authoritative government that we see today in India".

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