New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 26: Delhi girds up for Congress-led protests which are expected to be on a large scale.
Security has been tightened and barricades put up outside the CBI headquarters ahead of the Congress protest against the removal of CBI Director Alok Verma. The TMC will also be joining the protests. Stay tuned for major highlights and latest developments:
-CJI Gogoi in his order states," Inquiry in respect of the allegation made in the note of the Secretariat as regards the present CBI Director Alok Verma shall be completed by the CVC within a period of 2 weeks from today.The inquiry will be conducted by the retired SC judge AK Patnaik"
-Solicitor General Tushar Mehta says "10 days may not be enough to complete the inquiry and opposes supervision of CVC inquiry by SC judge."
-CJI Ranjan Gogoi states, "CVC will carry on probe in 10 days under the supervision of a judge of this court. M Nahgeshwar Rao shall perform only routine task. Change of investigating officer by CBI will be furnished in sealed cover on 12 of November before SC."
-The new CBI director M Nageshwar Rao will not take any policy decisions till Supreme Court hears the matter again: CJI Ranjan Gogoi
-Earlier Supreme Court said that the investigation should be complete within 10 days and give the report in a sealed envelope.
- CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana moves the Supreme Court against the Centre's leave order
The Congress is holding protests on Friday outside all CBI offices across the country, demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reinstatement of CBI director Alok Verma who was sent on leave.Top Congress leaders will be part of the protest outside the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters in the national capital, while state leaders, including state party chiefs, will take part in similar protests.
Congress will ask the prime minister to apologise to the nation for "illegal and unconstitutional" sending on leave of the CBI director. The party will also seek reinstatement of Verma.A late-night order on Tuesday from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who were at loggerheads, on leave.Besides sending Verma and Asthana on leave, the government also transferred several CBI officials and appointed M Nageswar Rao as the interim chief of the agency.Verma moved the Supreme Court Wednesday challenging the government's decision after which the apex court agreed to hear his plea on Friday. Shortly the hearing will begin.