SC reserves order on govt action against Alok Verma; CJI questions urgency of Centre’s move to divest CBI chief of all powers
The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on the pleas filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma and NGO Common Cause challenging the decision of the Central government to send Verma on leave. The apex court rapped the Centre over the exigency shown in sending Verma on leave without consulting the Selection Committee. However, Verma's counsel Fali Nariman argued that in this case, the word "transfer" may not necessarily mean a transfer from one place to another but would also include the divestment of powers, as done in the petitioner's case.
Meanwhile, State counsel KK Venugopal argued that "if the matter would have been placed before the committee, then the committee would have said that 'this is not a transfer, so why should it be placed before us'," stating that it was a "highly artificial argument" (by Verma) to say that this was a transfer.