New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday took on record three sets of inquiry reports of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) that delved into the corruption allegations against ousted Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi adjourned the matter till Friday.

A list of decisions taken by the CBI’s interim chief, Nageswara Rao, was also submitted before the top court.

The Chief Justice also rebuked the CVC for submitting the report a day late though the office was kept open on Sunday. Solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of the CVC, apologized to the court for the delay.

On 26 October, the top court had placed the CVC’s inquiry into the corruption allegations against Verma under the supervision of retired Supreme Court judge A.K. Patnaik, and told the commission to wind up the inquiry in two weeks.

Verma and CBI special director Rakesh Asthana were divested of their powers and sent on leave on 24 October, pending the probe. Rao, who was a joint director of the CBI, was appointed the new interim chief.

The court had barred Rao from taking any policy or major decision, and ordered him to perform only routine tasks that were essential to keep the CBI functioning.

Rao was asked to submit a list of all decisions he had taken since 23 October in a sealed cover, including decisions regarding transfers and change of investigating officers.

The court was hearing two petitions, one by Verma and the other by Prashant Bhushan-led non-government organization, Common Cause, which had challenged the order sending the CBI director on forced leave and divesting him of all powers. The court also issued notices to the Centre on both petitions.

Verma, in his plea, said the Centre’s action was “patently illegal" and contended that it was in violation of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, which provided the CBI director a two-year term.

It also said the high-powered committee comprising the Prime Minister, the leader of Opposition and Chief Justice of India was not consulted by the Centre before appointing Rao as the CBI’s interim director.

The case will be heard next on 16 November.

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