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Alok Verma removed as CBI Director, sent to Fire Services

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was on Thursday removed as the on account of the "extremely serious nature of observations made by the CVC against him".

The decision to remove was taken by the Selection Committee, headed by and comprising of in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. of is also a member of the Committee but at today's meeting, he was represented by Justice A K Sikri, the senior most of the

The committee was of the view that being the of a very sensitive organisation, was "not functioning with the integrity expected of him," according to sources.

The 1979-batch was posted as DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence, and Home Guards, two days after he was reinstated as the by the His reinstatement had come about two-and-a-half months after being divested of his powers and sent on leave by the

In his place, 1986-batch M. Nageshwar Rao, who is of CBI, will look after the duties of the Director, till the appointment of a new Director or until further orders, whichever is earlier, according to an order issued by the

The sources claimed that the CVC allegedly found evidence of influencing of investigation in the Moin Qureshi case.

There was also allegedly evidence of Verma taking bribe of Rs. 2 crore, the sources claimed.

The CVC was of the view that Verma's conduct in the case was "suspicious," and there was a "prima facie case" against him. The CVC also felt that the "entire truth will come out if a criminal investigation is ordered."

In the IRCTC case, the CVC felt that it can be reasonably concluded that Verma allegedly "deliberately excluded" a name from the FIR, for reasons "best known to him," the sources said.

The CVC allegedly found evidence against Verma in several other cases as well, the sources said, including instances of wilful non-production and fabrication of record.

The Committee also took note of Verma's alleged attempts to induct officers of doubtful integrity in the

In response to the "insinuation" that he was not given a chance to be heard, the sources said that Verma was given an opportunity to present his case before the CVC in the presence of Retd. Justice Patnaik.

The also provided a copy of the CVC report to Verma's advocate, the sources claimed.

The Committee felt that as a detailed investigation, including criminal investigation, was necessary in some cases, Verma's continuation as was not desirable, and he should be transferred, the sources mentioned.

The mandate of the Selection Panel is limited to the appointment and transfer of

Verma, who has been accused of corruption by his Rakesh Asthana, resumed charge as CBI Director only yesterday.

The Supreme Court bench of and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, while ordering Verma's reinstatement on Tuesday, said the Central should have referred the case to the if it wished to initiate the removal of the CBI director.

The judgement, which was read out by Justice Kaul as the was on leave, said the should 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.

Asthana has accused Verma of accepting bribe from a Hyderabad-based being investigated by the agency.

Verma has also accused Asthana of the same crime.

In the wake of their bitter fight, the government, in the midnight of October 23, 2018, had sent both Verma and Asthana on leave.

Verma had challenged the government's order in the Supreme Court which on Tuesday directed that he be reinstated as the but barred him from taking any major policy decisions.

He was also asked by the top court to respond to the CVC inquiry on corruption allegations in a sealed envelope.

The apex court was hearing the plea of Verma and NGO Common Cause challenging the Central government's decision to send him on forced leave and divesting him of all responsibilities, calling the move an "extraordinary and unprecedented" situation.

During a hearing in December last year, the CVC, while confronting questions over the Centre's sudden decision of October 23, had told the apex court that "extraordinary situations sometimes need extraordinary remedies."

CJI Gogoi had raised questions over the timing of the order and asked why the took immediate steps to divest Verma of his powers without consulting the

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 20:54 IST