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Alok Verma removed as CBI chief by PM Modi-led selection committee

A selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi met to decide the fate of CBI Director Alok Verma, reinstated by a Supreme Court order

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

Alok Verma
Alok Verma

A three-member committee led by Prime Minister on Thursday by a majority vote removed Alok Verma as Director, two days after the scrapped a government order and reinstated him.

The committee, which also included Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress party’s leader in the Lok Sabha, and Justice A K Sikri, removed Verma after considering the Central Vigilance Commission’s (CVC) investigation of corruption charges against the officer.
There were eight counts of charges of corruption and dereliction of duty against him in the CVC report. Modi and Sikri, who appeared as a nominee of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, agreed with the CVC's report and Kharge dissented.

Verma has been posted as Director General Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards, under the Union Home Ministry. Nageshwar Rao will be incharge of the

The Congress party said on Twitter the committee hadn’t given Verma a chance to defend himself and this showed Modi was “too afraid” of an independent investigation of allegations of corruption against his government.

The Supreme Court reinstated Verma on Tuesday as Director and set aside the CVC's and the government's October 23 order removing him but said he will not take any policy decision till the PM-led committee goes into the issue afresh.

Verma, a 1979-batch IPS officer, will retire at the end of this month.

First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 19:41 IST