CBI chief’s case in SC on Mon­day

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The Supreme Court will on Mon­day hold sec­ond hear­ing on CBI di­rec­tor Alok Verma's pe­ti­tion to re­verse the gov­ern­ment or­der di­vest­ing him of du­ties and send­ing him on leave.

In­trigu­ingly, the hear­ing will be be­fore a 2-judge Bench of Chief Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi and Jus­tice San­jay Kis­han Kaul and not by the 3-judge Bench that also in­cluded Jus­tice KM Joseph in the last hear­ing on Oc­to­ber 26.

The Court will be also hear­ing the in­ter­ven­tion ap­pli­ca­tion of Con­gress leader Mal­likar­jun Kharge who has pleaded that nei­ther the gov­ern­ment nor the Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion (CVC) have pow­ers to re­move the CBI chief from his post.

Kharge has moved the Court in his ca­pac­ity as a mem­ber of the 3-mem­ber se­lec­tion panel that chooses the CBI chief and that alone can re­move him. The panel con­sists of the Prime Min­is­ter, the Chief Jus­tice of In­dia and Kharge as leader of the largest op­po­si­tion party in the Lok Sabha.

As per the Apex Court or­ders, the CVC heard Verma on Fri­day on the com­plaint filed against him by his No 2 spe­cial di­rec­tor Rakesh Asthana. It also gave a hear­ing to Asthana on Thurs­day to un­der­stand some of the charges he had lev­elled against Verma. Asthana wanted to be heard again on Fri­day af­ter Verma de­posed, but the CVC re­fused.

On Satur­day, for­mer Supreme Court judge Dr Ananga

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