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'Exiled' CBI chief Alok Verma's trouble far from over, Supreme Court seeks his reply over CVC report

There was no relief for 'exiled' Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Alok Verma in the corruption allegations levelled against him by CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana on Friday. Hearing the matter, the Supreme Court asked Verma to file his reply in a sealed cover over the Central Vigilance Commission's (CVC) inquiry report over the corruption allegations. 
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said Verma will be provided a copy of the CVC report over which he needs to file his reply by next Monday (November 19). The matter will be heard next on Tuesday (November 20)."The report is complimentary on some charges, not so complimentary on some charges and very uncomplimentary on some charges," the Supreme Court said indicating that there could be some lapses on part of Verma.
The top court observed that a further probe was needed on some aspects.
The top court, however, rejected Asthana's request for a copy of the CVC report.  The CVC had on November 12 filed in the apex court its preliminary enquiry report. The CVC probe against Verma was supervised by former Supreme Court judge A K Patnaik and the probe was completed on November 10.
The allegations have been levelled against Verma by his deputy Asthana, against whom an FIR has been lodged by the CBI on graft charges. Asthana was also sent on leave by the Centre.
The apex court had issued notices to the Centre and the CVC seeking their replies on Verma's petition challenging the government's decision to divest him of his powers as CBI chief and sending him on leave.
On October 26, it had also set a deadline of two weeks for the CVC to complete the preliminary inquiry against the CBI director. 

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