Panel headed by PM Modi to hold second meeting over CBI Chief Alok Verma Issue

A select committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that met on Wednesday night to decide on the fate of CBI Director Alok Verma could not draw any conclusion, suggest reports. The PM Panel is now scheduled to meet for the second time to discuss the CBI issue. PM Modi led a select committee to meet today take call on CBI Chief Alok Verma’s fate

CBI Boss Alok Verma was reinstated by Supreme Court on Tuesday after he was sent on forced leave for 77 days by the government, officials. The Top court said Verma could not be stripped of his powers but added that he could not take major policy decisions till talks with the Selection Committee.

However, the apex court had made it clear that he will desist from taking any major policy decision till a high-powered committee considers the issue of “divestment of power and authority”.

Court also said that the government should have referred to the Select Committee consisting of the Chief Justice of India, Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition before initiating Alok Verma’s removal. Justice Kishan Kaul who pronounced the verdict on behalf of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said that the select committee will be called within seven days from Tuesday to take a decision on the basis of the findings of the CVC inquiry into the corruption allegations against the CBI director.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has nominated Justice Sikri to be a part of the meeting along with Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CJI nominated Justice Sikri and Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge attended the meeting on Wednesday that went inconclusive.

Earlier, Ranjan Gogoi opted out of panel saying that he was a part of the bench that gave the verdict on Tuesday on the issue. Following he nominated Justice Sikri.

Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge sought documents, including an inquiry report by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) into the matter. “I have asked certain documents from the government concerning the matter including the CVC’s inquiry reports,” he told reporters on Thursday.

The CBI chief and his deputy Special Director Rakesh Asthana were sent on the forced leave in October last year. They had accused each other of corruption

CBI Boss Alok Verma hours after assuming office sends a strong message to the government by reversing the cancel orders of his loyalists in the office. These transfer orders were initiated by the interim CBI chief M Nageshwar Rao on October 24, a day after Verma was sent to forced leave. Nageswara Rao, who replaced Alok Verma, promoted as Additional Director

Verma had taken the decision after rounds of meeting with his close aides at CBI Headquarters on Wednesday.

Alok Verma had moved to top Court sought to quash of three orders of October 23, 2018 — one by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and two by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), as being without jurisdiction and in violation of Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution.

READ: DSP Devendra Kumar knocks Delhi HC challenging CBI Chief Alok Verma’s order of revoking transfer orders

 

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