Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

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

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

The court said that all decisions taken by Rao be placed before it in a sealed cover.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for CVC, said that several documents were required to be looked into during the inquiry and 10 days time would not be sufficient.

The top court also said that interim CBI boss Nageshwar Rao will only carry out "routine duties" and restrains him from taking any major policy decisions.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on October 24 that the government's decision to remove Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana was based on the CVC's recommendations. Though the court granted two weeks time to the CVC to complete the inquiry, it turned down the request for probe without any monitoring.

On Thursday, advocate, Prashant Bhushan challenged the decision of the government to send, CBI Director, Alok Verma on leave.

"The retired judge (Justice Patnaik) will supervise the CVC inquiry against Verma because of the importance of the case without casting aspersions on any constitutional or statutory authority", the apex court said.

While Gandhi led hundreds of Congress workers and leaders on their protest march here, he was also joined by leaders from some other opposition parties as well, including from the CPI, Trinamool Congress and Loktantrik Janata Dal. Not only that the Centre has also diluted the powers of Enforcement Directorate and RBI. But his petition was not heard on Friday and will be entertained in due course.

During the brief hearing Friday, senior advocate F S Nariman advanced arguments on behalf of the CBI chief. Asthana is said to have withstood enormous political pressures during the fodder scam probe.

It also said that the high-powered committee comprising the Prime Minister, leader of the opposition and Chief Justice of India was not consulted by the Centre before appointing Rao as the interim director. It came amid a tussle between Verma and the agency's 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. He cited the Vineet Narain judgment to support Verma's pleas.

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

"This was necessary in the larger interest of fairness because you can't be heading an agency which is investigating into your own conduct", he said.

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