The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Central Vigilance Commission to complete within two weeks its inquiry into allegations against CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma and barred interim director M. Nageswara Rao from taking any major policy decision.
The inquiry will be conducted under the supervision of a former Supreme Court judge, the court ordered.
Hearing Verma's plea challenging the government's decision to divest him of his duties and send him on leave, the court sought a response from the CVC and the Centre.
The top court said that former Supreme Court judge A.K Patnaik will oversee the CVC inquiry into allegations against Verma and the report has to be placed before it within two weeks, noting that the matter is of national importance and there should not be any delay.
The retired judge will supervise the CVC inquiry against Verma because of the importance of the case without casting aspersions on any constitutional or statutory authority, the apex court said.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph said: "We want to see preliminary probe report in 10 days to decide whether it requires further probe".
The CVC submitted that 10 days for inquiry was not sufficient as it has to look into several documents. It said for the time being, no monitoring by anyone else should be allowed.
Later, the court granted two weeks time to the CVC to complete the inquiry.