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Justice Patnaik to supervise CVC inquiry into allegations against CBI chief

Justice Patnaik came into the limelight in 2002, when he was made part of a three member high-level committee to probe allegations of sexual misconduct in the infamous Mysore sex scandal- against three judges of the Karnataka high court. The committee was set up by the Chief Justice of India.

india Updated: Oct 26, 2018 23:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Justice Ananga Kumar Patnaik,CBI vs CBI,Alok Verma
Justice Ananga Kumar Patnaik.(File Photo)

Justice Ananga Kumar Patnaik, a retired judge of the Supreme Court, will supervise the Central Vigilance Commission inquiry into allegations against CBI director Alok Verma, made by his deputy CBI special Director Rakesh Asthana, that is to be completed by November 11.

Justice Patnaik, who comes from Odisha, had a judicial career of 20 years a judge of the high court and Supreme Court. He retired from the Supreme court in 2014.

Justice Patnaik was appointed as a judge to the Orissa high court in 1994 and till his elevation to the Supreme Court in 2009, he served in Gauhati HC, and as chief Justice in the high courts of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

He came into the limelight in 2002, when he was made part of a three member high-level committee to probe allegations of sexual misconduct in the infamous Mysore sex scandal- against three judges of the Karnataka high court. The committee was set up by the Chief Justice of India.

The committee gave all three judges a clean chit saying it had found no evidence against them.

In 2007 again, justice Patnaik, when he was the chief justice of Madhya Pradesh high court, was made part of the three member committee appointed by the CJI to look into allegations of financial misconduct against Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta high court. The Committee recommended the removal of justice Sen as a judge.

Justice Patnaik was elevated to the top court in 2009 and had a stint of five years during which he dealt with many contentious issues such as the IPL corruption scandal, the Goa mining case, the interlinking of rivers, and the disqualification of MPs/MLAs upon conviction.

In the IPL corruption scandal, justice Patnaik called for the removal of N Srinivasan as the chief of .

In the Goa Mining case he along with 2 other judges ordered cancellation of iron ore mining leases in the state.

In the disqualification of MPs and MLAs case, a bench headed by Justice Patnaik struck down as unconstitutional section 8 (4) of the Representation of the People Act, that allowed convicted lawmakers a three-month period for filing appeal to the higher court and get a stay on the conviction and sentence.

After his retirement in 2014, justice Patnaik stayed back in Delhi although he did not accept any post retirement job. He has been engaged in writing scholarly works and editing legal bibles such as like DD Basu’s ‘Shorter Constitution of India”.

CVC probe team

KV Chowdary began his career as a probationary officer in Andhra Bank in 1978, the same year he joined the Indian Revenue Service. He rose to the post of chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) before retiring in 2014. He was made the Central Vigilance Commissioner in 2015. As CBDT chief, he supervised many cases including the one against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, one of the root causes of conflict between Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana.

TM Bhasin who took charge as the vigilance commissioner in 2015 joined the Oriental Bank of Commerce as a probationary officer in 1978 and rose to the rank of general manager in 2003. He became the chairman and managing director (CMD) of Indian Bank in 2010 where he remained till 2015. He was instrumental in bringing out an exhaustive report on bank frauds and suggested measures to RBI to plug the gaps to check fraud.

Sharad Kumar former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Haryana cadre, is the second vigilance commissioner and holds key in the probe against Verma given the fact he has served in CBI for nine years . A batch mate of verma, he knows the intricacies of CBI’s working. Officials say he was instrumental in preparing the order against Verma divesting him of responsibilities as CBI chief.

First Published: Oct 26, 2018 23:16 IST