Retired judge A K Patnaik, who will supervise the CVC probe against CBI Director Alok Verma, was once a member of a constitution bench that is credited with giving new wings to the "caged parrot" by scrapping the need for the agency to take the government's permission for acting against senior officers. It ordered that the inquiry will be conducted under the supervision of former Supreme Court judge A K Patnaik.
Nageswara Rao, a 1986-batch IPS officer of the Odisha cadre, was appointed as interim director of the agency by the government. He had said that the government divesting him of his position was illegal as the CBI director enjoys a protected tenure of not less than two years as per section 4A of the Delhi Police Establishment Act.
Hearing Verma's plea challenging the government's decision to divest him of his duties and send him on leave, the court also sought a response from the CVC and the Centre.
Earlier, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that Gandhi and other leaders were arrested from the CBI headquarters. "Considering the nature and load of this issue, this time will not be sufficient as there are many documents we will have to go through and there is Diwali in between", Mehta said.
In a dramatic turn of event, the Delhi Police on Friday withdrew at least two of its PSOs, who had nabbed IB operatives near CBI chief Alok Verma's house, and sent them to unknown location.
The government suspended Verma and his second-in-command Rakesh Asthana on Wednesday, pending an inquiry. He said only the PM, chief justice of India and the leader of opposition can appoint and remove the CBI director.
- Fali S Nariman cites Vineet Narain judgment and the 2-year statutory protection.
Nearly a year before that, another bench of the Supreme Court had come down heavily on the CBI while hearing a coal scam case and had said the probe agency had become a "caged parrot" speaking in the voice of its political masters.
In his petition Verma said "CBI´s autonomy was being compromised as certain investigations into high functionaries do not take the direction that may be desirable to the government".