After hearing several petitions, Supreme Court gave a sensational order and instructed temporary CBI director Mannem Nageswara Rao not to make any decisions till further orders. It is bypassing this Committee that the impugned orders have been passed by the CVC and the Central Government.
One, the SC brought the enquiry by the Central Vigilance Commission against CBI Director Alok Verma under the purview of one of its former judges AK Patnaik who will now be supervising the inquiry. It took a sarcastic take on the allegations of corruption levelled against Verma and Asthana which says "CBI can't C I to I?"
Joining Gandhi in the protest, Gehlot said the decision to remove the CBI director was "illegal" and such a decision can only be taken together by the chief justice of India, the leader of the opposition and the prime minister.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday courted arrest after staging a protest outside the CBI headquarters against the move to divest CBI Director Alok Verma of his powers, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi "stole" money from the country and can run but not hide from the truth.
The Supreme Court on Friday said the CVC inquiry on allegations of bribery against CBI Director Alok Verma should be completed in two weeks under supervision of court. He also sought the removal of Rakesh Asthana from the CBI and sought for the setting up of an Verma in his petition said that the investigating officers of sensitive cases are being changed. "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.
NGO Common Cause also filed a similar PIL seeking quashing of adverse orders by the government against Alok Verma.
Until a day earlier, the government had not specified how long it would take the CVC to conduct its probe, but the Supreme Court has now specified a time limit of two weeks.
"The prime minister acted against the CBI director as a result of panic and as a result of fear because he has helped Mr Ambani", Gandhi said as he left the police station. The Congress also feels comfortable with the fact that the CVC, which is directly under the government, will now be accountable to an independent person, which was not the case before.
This is a major blow for the government, with the Supreme Court order being hailed by the opposition.