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Highlights: Truth will be revealed, says Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as he leaves Lodhi Colony police station

Rahul Gandhi marched along with hundreds of party leaders and workers for about a kilometre from Dayal Singh College on Lodhi Road to the CBI headquarters, holding up placards with slogans against PM Narendra Modi. Here are the updates:

By HT Correspondent | Oct 26, 2018 22:32 IST
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Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders were at the Lodhi Colony police station for almost an hour after they courted arrest on Friday afternoon while protesting at the CBI office in Delhi against the Narendra Modi government’s move to divest the investigation agency’s director Alok Verma of his powers earlier this week.

The Supreme Court has directed that the probe against CBI chief Alok Verma be completed in 2 weeks. The probe would be conducted under the supervision of a retired judge of the Supreme Court.

Justice AK Patnaik, is requested to accept the assignment and ensure enquiry is completed within the time frame, the apex court said.

The feud between Alok Verma and special CBI director Rakesh Asthana escalated recently leading to registration of an FIR against Asthana and others including deputy superintendent of police Devender Kumar, who is in the CBI custody in an alleged bribery case.

Here are the updates:

4:30 pm IST

Congress activists stage dharna outside CBI office in Assam

Activists and leaders of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) staged a dharna outside the CBI office in Guwahati.

Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly “degrading the autonomy of the nation’s top investigating agency”, APCC president Ripun Bora, who led the demonstrators, said Verma was divested of powers to “stifle probe into allegations of corruption in Rafale jet deal”.

4:29 pm IST

Gujarat Cong workers, MLAs detained for protest outside CBI office

Over 40 Congress workers and leaders from Gujarat, including eight MLAs and former state unit chief, were Friday detained for protesting outside the CBI office in Gandhinagar, police said.

4:10 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi refuses comment on CVC probe against CBI chief

“It’s a Supreme Court judgement, a process that is being carried out. I don’t want to comment on it,” Gandhi told reporters outside the Lodhi Road police station.

3:00 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi leaves Lodhi Colony police sation

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi leaves Lodhi Colony police sation.

2:55 pm IST

‘PM can run, he can hide but in the end, truth will be revealed’: Rahul

“PM can run, he can hide but in the end, truth will be revealed. Removing CBI Director will not help. PM acted against the CBI director; it was an act out of panic,” said Congress president Rahul Gandhi after leaving Lodhi Colony police station in Delhi, reports news agency ANI.

2:51 pm IST

Congress gets it energy from the people

Party president Rahul Gandhi says Congress gets it energy from the people.

2:22 pm IST

Hundreds of protestors turn up

Supporting Congress-led protest march against the removal of CBI director Alok Verma, hundreds of protestors have turned up.

 

2:20 pm IST

Congress leaders taken to Lodhi Colony police station

Congress leaders have been taken to the Lodhi Colony police station.

2:05 pm IST

Top CBI officers like Caesar’s wife must be beyond suspicion: Jaitley

Finance minister Arun Jaitley says,”All officers of the CBI, particularly the top two officers like Caesar’s wife must be beyond suspicion,” reports news agency ANI.

1:50 pm IST

Congress president Rahul Gandhi detained, tweets Surjewala

1:20 pm IST

Police detained protestors outside CBI headquarters

1:12 pm IST

Congress workers stage protest near CBI office in Hyderabad

Congress workers stage protest near CBI office in Hyderabad against the removal of CBI Chief Alok Verma.

Congress workers stage protest near CBI office in Hyderabad. (ANI/Twitter)

1:00 pm IST

Police use water cannon on Congress workers in Chandigarh

Police use water cannon on Congress workers in Chandigarh protesting against removal of CBI chief Alok Verma.

12:50 pm IST

Surjewala says govt undermined reputation of CBI, CVC

12:25 pm IST

Rahul Gandhi, Ashok Gehlot lead protest

Congress president Rahul Gandhi leads protest march from Dyal Singh College to CBI HQ against the removal of CBI chief Alok Verma, reports news agency ANI.

12:00 pm IST

Congress, CPI leaders at outside Dyal Singh College ahead of protest

Congress’s Anand Sharma, CPI’s D Raja and Sharad Yadav are seen outside Dyal Singh College, ahead of the protest march to CBI HQ against the removal of CBI Director Alok Verma, reports news agency ANI.

Congress’s Anand Sharma, CPI’s D Raja and Sharad Yadav are seen outside Dyal Singh College. (ANI/Twitter)

11:40 am IST

Retired SC judge’s supervision a one-time exception

Top court says that the supervision of the ongoing CVC enquiry by a former judge is a one-time exception, does not reflect on the functioning of the agency.

11:35 am IST

Retired SC judge to monitor probe

The probe would be conducted under the supervision of a retired judge of the top court. Justice AK Patnaik, is requested to accept the assignment and ensure enquiry is completed within the time frame, the Supreme Court said.

11:33 am IST

Interim CBI chief shall not take major decisions

Interim CBI chief M Nageshwar Rao will only perform routine tasks that are essential to keep the CBI functioning. He will not take any major decisions, rules Supreme Court.

11:32 am IST

You have missed the bus: SC tells Rakesh Asthana

The Supreme Court on Friday asked CBI special director Rakesh Asthana why he was late in challenging the government’s order sending him on leave, and quipped that he had missed the bus by filing his petition in the morning.

11:30 am IST

Probe against CBI chief Alok Verma to be done in 2 weeks, says SC

Matter to be listed after the Diwali break on November 12, says Supreme Court.

11:25 am IST

CJI asks CVC to complete probe against CBI director Alok Verma in 10 days

Chief Justice of India suggests CVC complete probe against CBI director Alok Verma in 10 days.

11:23 am IST

AG will examine matter, interim arrangements need to be worked: CJI

CJI Ranjan Gogoi says attorney general will examine the matter, the only thing that needs to be worked out is the interim arrangements.

11:20 am IST

Nariman draws attention to amended Delhi Police Special establishment act

The CVC passed an order to divest Verma of his duties till the probe against him is over. On the same day centre passes a similar order. Centre on the same day further appoints his successor as an interim measure, says Nariman drawing court’s attention to the law, the amended Delhi Police Special establishment act.

11:16 am IST

Alok Verma’s lawyer begins argument

Alok Verma’s lawyer Fali Nariman says the present case is concerned with a director appointed for two years term. Question is whether a two year tenure could be breached.

11:15 am IST

Hearing begins

The Supreme Court has started hearing the petition filed by CBI director Alok Kumar Verma challenging the decision of the Centre to divest him of his duties and sending him on leave.

11:10 am IST

Rakesh Asthana moves SC against Centre’s leave order

CBI special director Rakesh Asthana moves the Supreme Court against the Centre’s leave order, reports news agency ANI.

11:05 am IST

Congress workers protest outside CBI office in Bengaluru

10:32 am IST

‘Just one more case,’ says Rakesh Asthana’s lawyer Mukul Rohatgi

“It is just one more case. What is big about it? It is not as important as you think it is,” says former attorney general and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi according to reports by news agency ANI.

10:30 am IST

Security tightened outside CBI headquarters

Security tightened and barricading outside CBI headquarters ahead of Congress protest against the removal of CBI director Alok Verma.

10:25 am IST

Mukul Rohatgi to represent Rakesh Asthana

Former attorney general and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi will represent CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana during the hearing in the Supreme Court.

Former Attorney General and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi leave for Supreme Court from his residence. (ANI/Twitter)

10:15 am IST

Rakesh Asthana outside former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi’s residence

CBI special director Rakesh Asthana is seen outside former Attorney General and senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi’s residence in Delhi, reports news agency ANI.

CBI special director Rakesh Asthana outside former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi’s residence in Delhi. (ANI/Twitter)

10:10 am IST

TMC MP Nadeem Ul Haq to join Congress’ protest

TMC MP Nadeem Ul Haq will join the Congress protest led by Rahul Gandhi at Central Bureau of Investigation HQ against the removal of CBI Director Alok Verma, reports news agency ANI.

10:05 am IST

Rahul Gandhi to begin protest march at 11 am

 

9:40 am IST

Security forces deployed outside Lucknow CBI office

Security forces have been deployed outside CBI office in Lucknow ahead of Congress protest against the removal of CBI director Alok Verma, reports news agency ANI.

Security forces deployed outside CBI office in Lucknow . (ANI/Twitter)

9:15 am IST

Trinamool Congress to join Rahul Gandhi’s protest

Trinamool Congress is expected to join the Congress party protest led Rahul Gandhi at the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters against the removal of CBI Director Alok Verma, reports news agency ANI.

Security outside CBI headquarters in Delhi. (ANI/Twitter)

9:10 am IST

Alok Verma is still director, says CBI

Amid the ongoing crisis at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the probe agency on Thursday said Alok Verma continues to remain the director of the CBI, while Rakesh Asthana will continue as special director.

8:40 am IST

KK Venugopal to represent Centre, Tushar Mehta to appear for CVC

Attorney general KK Venugopal will represent the centre, and the solicitor general Tushar Mehta will appear for the Central Vigilance Commission during Supreme Court’s hearing of the petition filed by CBI director Alok Kumar Verma challenging Centre’s decision to divest him of his duties and send him on leave.

7:45 am IST

IB men caught near CBI chief’s house released: Police

Hours after four Intelligence Bureau (IB) personnel were caught in a dramatic move by the security staff of CBI Director Alok Verma outside his residence in the heart of the national capital, the Delhi Police released all of them, an official said.

Delhi Police spokesperson Madhur Verma told IANS, “All the four IB personnel were released by the police after they were handed over to it by Verma’s security staff.”

He said the police did not receive any complaint from any of the parties.

Security personnel detain two of the four people who were seen outside the residence of CBI director Alok Verma for questioning, on Thursday morning, in New Delhi on October 25, 2018. (Video Grab/PTI Photo)

7:35 am IST

Rahul Gandhi to protest outside CBI offices at 11 am

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will lead the party as it stages protests outside all CBI offices across the country on Friday, demanding CBI director Alok Kumar Verma’s reinstatement.

7:15 am IST

Supreme Court’s hearing on Alok Verma’s petition today

The Supreme Court is likely to take on Friday a decision on whether the move to strip Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma of his responsibilities was legal, even as Opposition parties threatened to launch an agitation against the government which, they say, is undermining the country’s institutions.