Respond to CVC report today, won't adjourn next hearing: SC to CBI director Alok Verma

CBI chief Alok Verma.  Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 19, 2018, 12.32 PM (IST)

Supreme Court today asked CBI director Alok Kumar Verma to file his response "as quickly as possible" to the (Central Vigilance Commission) report on corruption charges against him. 

Verma will now have to file his reply by 4pm today.

India's top court said it will not adjourn hearing fixed for Tuesday on the plea of CBI Director against government's decision to relieve him of his duties.

The court had ordered Verma to reply in a sealed cover after its hearing on Friday in which the top court had observed that the CVC report was  "very uncomplimentary" on some charges against Alok Verma.

The CVC report was provided to Verma in a sealed cover and it refused to provide a copy to CBI special director Rakesh Asthana who had requested the document be given to him.

India's highest court said the CVC report on Alok Verma will also be given to Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. 

Supreme Court had directed that interim CBI chief M Nageswara Rao not to take any policy decision after the government relieved Verma of his duties last month.

Verma and Asthana have made allegations of corruption against each other.

The top court had said former Supreme Court judge A K Patnaik will oversee a Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiry into the allegations and counter allegations and the report has to be placed before it within two weeks.

Meanwhile, CBI officer probing FIR against Special Director Rakesh Asthana has moved Supreme Court seeking quashing of his transfer to Nagpur.

Manish Kumar Sinha, Indian Police Service(IPS) officer and head of the team investigating CBI special director Rakesh Asthana case in his petition asked for a SIT probe in Asthana's case.

Supreme Court had earlier refused to give an urgent hearing to a mentioning by CBI officer, Ashwini Kumar Gupta challenging his repatriation to Intelligence Bureau.

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The CVC report was provided to Verma in a sealed cover and it refused to provide a copy to CBI special director Rakesh Asthana