Top Court To Hear CBI Chief’s Petition, Congress To Protest Outside CBI Offices: LIVE Updates

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Exiled CBI chief Alok Verma's petition will be heard today in the Supreme Court (File Photo)

New Delhi:

Central Bureau of Investigation or CBI chief Alok Verma's petition, which challenged the government's decision to strip him of his powers, will be heard today by the Supreme Court. Mr Verma had taken the government to court over its midnight action on Tuesday, saying the autonomy of the country's main investigating agency is being compromised. He was stripped of his powers after his feud with his deputy Rakesh Asthana came out in the open, with each trading bribery charges. Mr Asthana was sent on leave by the government as well.

Mr Verma alleged certain investigations into high functionaries "do not take the direction desirable to the government". Another plea by non-profit Common Cause, urging for a Special Investigative Team probe into corruption allegations against CBI officials will also be heard by the Supreme Court bench.

A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph will hear Alok Verma's petition.

Here are the LIVE updates on the Supreme Court hearing today over Alok Verma's petition:

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Oct 26, 201807:35 (IST)Senior jurist Fali Nariman will represent Alok Verma in Supreme Court, KK Venugopal to represent centre
Senior jurist Fali Nariman will represent Alok Verma in the Supreme Court; Attorney General KK Venugopal will represent the centre, and the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta will appear for the Central Vigilance Commission.
The centre is likely to argue that recent events have degraded the premier investigating agency and the government acted on the advice of the CVC. It may say that institutional integrity is important than any individual.
Oct 26, 201807:30 (IST)Read Here: CBI Chief Alok Verma To Challenge Forced Leave In Supreme Court Today: 10 Points
The Central Bureau of Investigation chief Alok Verma's petition, challenging the government's decision to strip him of his powers, will be heard by the Supreme Court today. In his petition, Mr Verma, who took the government to court after its midnight action of Tuesday, said the autonomy of the country's premier investigating agency is being compromised as certain investigations into high functionaries "do not take the direction desirable to the government".
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