Rahul Gandhi courts arrest amid Congress protest, says ‘Modi is corrupt’

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the CBI, the CVC and the Centre on agency Director Alok Kumar Verma's plea challenging the government's decision to divest him of his duties and send him on leave. Upon this direction, the CVC pleaded that 10 days for CBI inquiry is not enough as it has to look into several documents. "They have fixed a time limit that this must be over in two weeks which is a positive development, and in order to ensure that the highest standards of fairness are maintained even in the inquiries, they have appointed a retired judge as an oversight judge to ensure that the CVC inquiry is absolutely fair", he said.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) took the decision as the war between Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations hurled at each other.

Nariman started his arguments by referring to the apex court's 1997 Vineet Narain judgement, which relates to probe of allegations of corruption against high-ranking public officials in India, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Act 2003 and amendments in the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act. The supervision is a "one-time exception felt necessary in the peculiar facts of the case and should not be understood to be casting any reflection on any authority of the government", the court said.

His remarks came hours after Congress President Rahul Gandhi was detained for holding protests against the BJP government over the removal of Alok Verma as CBI Director. "The opposition parties will not allow the "chowkidar" to commit the theft", Gandhi said amidst frenzied slogan shouting by party supporters.

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Bhushan also urged the court to tag his petition with the one filed by Verma. The bench told Rohatgi that since his petition is not before it, the court would not hear him at this stage. Senior Advocate Fali S Nariman appeared for Alok Verma.

The bench granted the CVC two weeks to conclude its probe.

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. "To cover-up its corruption cases, Modi government can make any untoward incident happen to Alok Verma". He said only the PM, chief justice of India and the leader of opposition can appoint and remove the CBI director.

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