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High-Profile Panel led by PM Modi Shuns Out CBI Director Alok Verma 2 Days After his Reinstatement by the SC



High-Profile Panel led by PM Modi Shuns Out CBI Director Alok Verma 2 Days After his Reinstatement by the SC

The Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph on Tuesday quashed a government order of divesting CBI Chief Alok Verma and reinstated him as the CBI Chief again. However, turning a deaf ear to the order, the government once again has removed Alok Verma from his position on Thursday on the alleged charges of corruption and dereliction of duties.
The decision of removing Mr. Verma came in pursuant to a meeting of the high-powered Selection Committee presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Other members of the committee include Justice AK Sikri, as nominated by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, and Leader of Opposition, Mallikarjun Kharge.
Verma' s tenure of two years was about to end on January 31. The bribery case incident is one of its kind which made the country's premiere agency hit the headlines for definitely wrong reasons. Mr. Verma is the first presiding officer in CBI's history to face such stern action by the government as well as face such unceremonious exit from the agency.
As per a government order issued on Thursday evening, Mr. Verma, who resumed the office on Wednesday after 77 days of forced leave, has been posted as Director General Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards, under the Union Home Ministry and the charge of CBI has been given to Additional Director M Nageshwar Rao, who was earlier appointed as Mr. Verma's substitute.
The high-powered Selection Committee's meeting was convened on Wednesday, as well as, on Thursday. The meeting on Thursday was held at the residence of Prime Minister Modi at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg at around 4.30 PM, where the panel took the decision to remove Mr.Verma by a majority voting of 2:1. Congress Leader in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, dissented from the majority.
The sources affirm that Mr.Verma has been removed on the basis of a report submitted by the Central Vigilance Commission which found eight counts of charges against him, including the one influencing probe in the Moin Quereshi case and interceptions by RAW regarding Rs. 2 crores.
Besides, CVC report also raised questions pertaining to a Preliminary Enquiry, which was registered by the CBI in connection with acquisition of land in Gurgaon and recommended a detailed probe on the basis that the case has involvement of around Rs. 36 crore.
Similarly, pertaining to IRCTC scam, CVC report claims that Mr. Verma, in order to save an officer from the case (also having involvement of Lalu Prasad Yadav), excluded the official's name from the FIR.
The report further alleges that Mr. Verma also favoured some tainted officials in the CBI.
The Supreme Court while dealing with Mr. Verma's petition clarified that the issue can be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the CBI director for further decisions and asked the government to convene the meeting for the same within a week of its order.
Mr. Verma, who resumed his office on Wednesday, has revoked several transfers done by the interim CBI chief in his absence.

Alok Verma
CBI probe
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)
M Nageshwar Rao
Supreme Court

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