Selection Panel Removes Alok Verma As CBI Chief

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New Delhi: A day after Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the selection panel led by prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday removed Alok Verma from his position. Charges of corruption against him were found with merit, prima facie, according to sources.

The Supreme Court, in its order on Tuesday set aside Verma’s forced leave but restrained him from taking any major policy decision till the CVC probe into corruption charges against him is over.

The apex court said any further decision against Verma, who retires on January 31, would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the CBI director.

The October order sent Verma and his deputy special director Rakesh Asthana, booked by the agency on corruption charges,into exile in a first-of-its-kind move by the government in the agency’s history.

Verma had challenged the move in the Supreme Court which clipped the powers of Rao as director in-charge and barred him from taking any major policy decision till a final order comes from it.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had nominated SC judge, A.K. Sikri to represent him in the high- power committee meeting. The committee met to consider the question of divestment of powers of CBI Director Alok Verma. SC Judgement on January 8 concluded that both the CVC and the government acted without withority to divest Mr. Verma of his powers as CBI Director.

On Wednesday after resuming office after a 77-day forced leave, Alok Verma had reversed most the transfers ordered by the interim agency chief, M Nageswara Rao. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge insisted that CBI Director Alok Verma be allowed to present his side of the story at the meeting headed by the PM.