Published On: Thu, Jan 10th, 2019

CBI chief Alok Verma removed by selection panel

New Delhi: Alok Verma was removed as the CBI chief after a marathon meeting of high-powered selection committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday, officials said.

CBI chief Alok Verma was today removed by PM Modi-led high-powered panel.

Verma, a 1979-batch AGMUT cadre IPS officer, has been removed from the high-profile post on the charges of corruption and dereliction of duty making him the first chief in the history of the agency to face such action, they said.

He is likely to be moved to the National Human Rights Commission, they said.

M Nageshwar Rao, who was incharge of the CBI while Alok Verma was on leave, has been reinstated as interim CBI director. Verma’s two-year tenure as CBI chief was to end on January 31.

There were eight counts of charges against him in the CVC report presented before the Committee also comprising Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A K Sikri, appointed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi as his nominee.

The decision for the removal was taken by a majority with Kharge opposing the move, they said.

Verma was reinstated as the CBI Director after a Supreme Court order on January 8. The Apex Court had overturned the Centre’s decision to divest Verma of his duties.

Verma and his deputy Special Director, Rakesh Asthana, were sent on forced leave in a midnight move in October last year to stop the “kilkenny cat fight” between them. They had accused each other of corruption.

On Wednesday, a day after the Apex Court’s order, Verma had rejoined office and among the first orders he had issued were the rescinding of transfer orders issued by the interim director M Nageswara Rao.

Inputs with PTI

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