Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana dented CBI's image: Centre to Supreme Court

Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana dented CBI's image: Centre to Supreme Court

Courtesy : Nationalist Bureau07/12/2018 09:56

The central government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it was "absolutely essential" for it step in and act in the tussle between Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana. "Two top officers, Alok Kumar Verma and Rakesh Asthana, were fighting against each other and went public which exposed the CBI to ridicule," Venugopal told the court. The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it had no option but to intervene because CBI Director Alok Verma and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana were fighting like cats in public.

   The Centre said this fight between the top two officers of the premier investigating agency has dented its image.

The Supreme Court was hearing an appeal filed by CBI Director Alok Verma challenging the central government's order that sent him on indefinite leave and appointed M Nageshwar Rao as the interim CBI boss.

The attorney general said the fight between CBI's top two officials had created an "unprecedented" and "extraordinary" situation. "The Government of India was watching with amazement as to what these two officers were doing," he said.

 Defending the central government's action, Venugopal said the government's aim was to ensure that people's confidence is restored in the CBI. "Dispute between Verma and Asthana was pulling down the integrity and respect of the premier institution." The matter was heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph.

Venugopal said the central government acted on complaints that were made in July and October. "If the government had not done so, only God knows where and how this fight between the two top officers would have ended," he said.

After hearing the arguments, the court postponed the matter and fixed the next hearing for Thursday (December 6).

 

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