#CBIvsCBI: Kejriwal welcomes SC-order, hopes CBI's integrity will be upheld
(Sourced from PTI)
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today welcomed the "intervention" by the Supreme Court in the CBI turmoil and hoped the CBI's institutional integrity will be upheld. His reaction came after the SC asked the Central Vigilance Commission to complete within two weeks its inquiry into allegations against CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma and barred interim Director M Nageswara Rao from taking any major policy decision.
Welcome intervention by the hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the CBI matter.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 26, 2018
In the interests of the nation, hope that institutional integrity of CBI will be upheld powers that be will understand that their illegal acts will not go unchallanged
The court said the inquiry will be conducted under the supervision of a former SC judge. Hearing Verma's plea challenging the government's decision to divest him of his duties and send him on leave, the court sought a response from the CVC and the Center.
The feud between Verma and his deputy, CBI Special Director, Rakesh Asthana, escalated this week leading to registration of an FIR against Asthana and others including Deputy Superintendent of Police, Devender Kumar, who is in the CBI custody in an alleged bribery case. The FIR was lodged on a written complaint of Satish Babu Sana on October 15.
The FIR alleged that Kumar, the investigation officer in a case, was repeatedly calling Sana to pay Rs. 5cr bribe to give him clean chit. Asthana and Kumar both challenged the FIR in the Delhi HC, which ordered CBI to maintain status quo on the criminal proceedings against Asthana. The Center, the CVC, and the DoPT decided to send Verma and Asthana on leave.