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CBI Director Alok Verma should be given CVC report in a sealed cover: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday said the findings of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiry against exiled CBI Director Alok Verma on some charges are “very uncomplimentary.”

“The CVC findings can be divided into four categories. It is very complimentary on some charges [against Mr. Verma], not so complimentary on some charges, very uncomplimentary on some charges and requires further inquiry into some charges,” Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi summed up the CVC report to senior advocate Fali Nariman, appearing for Mr. Verma.

The Bench, comprising Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph, directed the registry to provide Mr. Verma, through his lawyers, with a sealed copy of the CVC report. Mr. Verma has to file his reponse in a sealed cover by 1 p.m. on Monday.

“First we want to be sure of the facts, then we will do what is necessary. Once you [Mr. Verma] file your response, we will decide,” the CJI said.

Mr. Nariman said the reply would be filed promptly.

 

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CBI Director Alok Verma should be given CVC report in a sealed cover: SC

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Findings of the probe against him on some charges are “very uncomplimentary”, says court.

The Supreme Court on Friday said the findings of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiry against exiled CBI Director Alok Verma on some charges are “very uncomplimentary.”

“The CVC findings can be divided into four categories. It is very complimentary on some charges [against Mr. Verma], not so complimentary on some charges, very uncomplimentary on some charges and requires further inquiry into some charges,” Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi summed up the CVC report to senior advocate Fali Nariman, appearing for Mr. Verma.

The Bench, comprising Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph, directed the registry to provide Mr. Verma, through his lawyers, with a sealed copy of the CVC report. Mr. Verma has to file his reponse in a sealed cover by 1 p.m. on Monday.

“First we want to be sure of the facts, then we will do what is necessary. Once you [Mr. Verma] file your response, we will decide,” the CJI said.

Mr. Nariman said the reply would be filed promptly.

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Copies of report for AG, SG

Copies of the CVC report would be provided in sealed covers to the offices of Attorney General (AG) K.K. Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, and Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, representing the CVC.

“But Mr. Mehta, you are CVC. The author of the report… you have not seen the report?” Chief Justice Gogoi asked Mr. Mehta.

“I have not seen it. It was in a sealed cover,” Mr. Mehta said.

The court cautioned the offices of the AG and the SG to treat the confidential CVC report with utmost restraint.

The Bench made it clear that it has insisted on keeping the report confidential and in sealed covers to preserve the sanctity and public confidence in the CBI.

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