The Congress has been alleging that the Modi government removed Alok Verma as CBI chief over "Rafale-o-Phobia".

Senior Counsel Dushyant Dave, appearing on behalf of NGO Common Cause, had indicated the CVC's own approach, in context of Mr. Asthana's appointment as the CBI Special Director past year, of not taking view of complaints received against an officer at the last instant on the verge of Appointment except in cases of proved misconduct.

Walking in the front, Rahul Gandhi led hundreds of people who shouted slogans and carried placards and posters that criticised the government.

The matter is being heard by a Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph.

Before courting arrest, the Gandhi scion had said that the Congress would "not allow chowkidar to do chori".


After the court set the two-week deadline for the CVC to complete its probe, it adjourned the hearing and Verma's counsel Fali S Nariman could not press for the stay on the government's orders against Verma and giving charge to Rao. Removing CBI Director will not help. The top court barred interim director M Nageshwar Rao from taking any policy decisions.

Asthana had also moved court on Friday, challenging the order to send him on leave.

By Friday morning, Asthana also filed a petition against the government order sending him on leave.

He said that recent developments "have eroded the credibility of the Central Bureau of Investigation" and that the "CVC, in the interest of fairness, had passed an order that till investigation or inquiry is pending against the two top officers of the CBI, they must step aside and recuse themselves from the CBI's function".

Congress says Verma was asked to go only because he wanted to investigate the Rafale jet deal - which critics say unfairly profited Indian billionaire Anil Ambani.


Verma and Asthana have been locked in a feud with both accusing the other of corruption, a situation that the government cited to send out a dramatic order issued overnight to send them both off duty.

Gandhi was leading a noisy protest over the government's action in CBI.

The Court has issued notice to the Centre, the CVC and Mr. Asthana on the petitions.

On Tuesday, the CBI suspended its DSP and an aide of Asthana, Devender Kumar, who was arrested on Monday on the charge of falsification of records while probing allegations against meat exporter Moin Qureshi. Asthana accused Verma of trying to falsely implicate him.

It also said that the high-powered committee comprising the Prime Minister, leader of the opposition and Chief Justice of India was not consulted by the Centre before appointing Rao as the interim director.


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