BJP, Congress Claim Victory Following SC's Order on CBI Director Verma

BJP, Congress Claim Victory Following SC's Order on CBI Director Verma

BJP, Congress Claim Victory Following SC's Order on CBI Director Verma

The pair have accused each other of taking bribes.

As top two officers of the agency were engaged in an unprecedented bitter feud, the apex court Friday reposed its faith in Justice Patnaik to supervise Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiry into allegations against the CBI director levelled by his deputy, Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

On the whole, while both sides may have bones to pick with the order, the Centre is likely to be more aggrieved, since Verma's chief grievance - the orders of the CVC and Centre - could still be easily addressed subsequently by the court.

The petition has been filed two days after Verma moved the court challenging the similar action against him by the government.

Mr Jailtey said, the government has no interest for or against any individual.

The court will take up the matter next on November 12 by when the Centre will place a copy of the inquiry report against Verma in sealed cover.Appearing for Verma, Fali Nariman said that 'CBI Director was appointed with approval of selection panel having PM, Leader of Opposition and CJI'.

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"For the time being, the Supreme Court can consider that only CVC can examine it (the issue related to inquiry) instead of having any one else supervising", he added.

This is a major blow for the government, with the Supreme Court order being hailed by the opposition. He also told the bench that Asthana has been made a respondent in the plea filed by NGO, Common Cause, which has sought a probe by special investigation team (SIT) against CBI officers including the special director.

On Thursday, the Congress chief held a press conference and launched a scathing attack on PM Modi for "illegally" removing the CBI Director and claimed that it was a panic reaction over the ongoing investigation in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

Patnaik, as chief justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court, was also a member of "In-House committee" of the apex court that probed allegations against Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court. The Congress also feels comfortable with the fact that the CVC, which is directly under the government, will now be accountable to an independent person, which was not the case before.

Earlier, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that Gandhi and other leaders were arrested from the CBI headquarters. The BJP, in turn, rubbished his claims and found some relief in the Supreme Court's verdict that did not overturn the government's decision entirely.

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