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Alok Verma takes charge as CBI Director

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

on Wednesday took charge as the (CBI) at the central investigating agency's headquarters here.

The on Tuesday had reinstated Verma as the chief, setting aside the Central government's post-midnight order of October 23, 2018, divesting Verma of his charge to act as the of the

The apex court, however, noted that Verma cannot take any major policy decisions. He has also been asked by the top court to respond to the CVC inquiry on corruption allegations in a sealed envelope.

In its observation, the further said the Central should have referred this case to the comprising the Prime Minister, the Justice of and the of the Opposition if it wished to initiate the removal of the

The judgment was read out by Justice on behalf of Ranjan Gogoi, the Justice of India, who was on leave on Tuesday.

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.

On December 6, 2018, the apex court bench headed by Justice had reserved the verdict after hearing arguments of Verma, the Union Government, CVC, NGO Common Cause, and others who were the party in the case.

During hearing in December last year, while confronting questions over the Centre's sudden decision to send Verma on leave, the CVC 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

Both CBI and his deputy were sent on leave in October last year after their feud had become public as they had leveled allegations of corruption against each other.

Asthana accused the CBI Director of accepting a bribe from a Hyderabad-based being investigated by the agency. Simultaneously, Verma also accused Asthana of the same crime.

After sending Verma on leave and divesting him of all responsibilities, CBI's M Nageswara Rao was given the charge of the CBI as its

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 12:40 IST