Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi refused to share the details of the report with CBI No. 2 Rakesh Asthana's counsel Mukul Rohtagi, saying that "You will not get a copy"
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked on-leave CBI director Alok Verma to reply to the Central Vigilance Commission's inquiry report on allegations of corruption against him.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the report on Verma was a mixed one and very complimentary on some charges and very uncomplimentary on others. Some other charges require further inquiry, he said.
Gogoi ordered that the report can be given to Verma in a sealed cover and he should also give his reply in a sealed cover.
Sources said the CVC has found no evidence of bribe-taking as alleged by CBI number two Rakesh Asthana, but noted "administrative lapses" on his part.
When Mukul Rohatgi, who represents Asthana, asked for a copy of the CVC's report, since it was his complaint that started the entire issue, Gogoi said: “No chance. You will not get a copy.”
Rohatgi said he was entitled to have an opinion on the report. "No you're not," Gogoi said. The next hearing is on Tuesday, November 20.
The court had asked the top vigilance body to wrap up its investigation within two weeks, under the supervision of a retired judge.
Asthana had written to the government and the vigilance chief accusing his boss of taking bribe from a businessman on the CBI's radar.
Asthana had also accused the CBI director of not sharing crucial intelligence inputs against two industrialists with other agencies, and missing the name of a senior railway official from the FIR filed in the railway hotel scam involving Lalu Yadav's family.
Verma, in a counter attack, accused Asthana of taking bribe from the same businessman and launched an investigation against the special director.
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Last Updated Nov 16, 2018, 12:53 PM IST