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Justice Sikri withdraws 'consent' to take up Commonwealth post

IANS  |  New Delhi 

After a controversy erupted, A.K. Sikri, who last week sided with the government in the three-member committee to remove Alok Verma, on Sunday withdrew his "consent" to be nominated to the post of President/Member of the London-based (CSAT).

Sources close to the jugde said that Sikri communicated to the government on Sunday expressing of consent after news broke out over his nomination to the post.

They said that the was asked by the government in December about his inclination to hold the post. He had then agreed.

As there was "no word of communication" from the government till the news broke out about his nomination, Sikri told the government on Sunday evening that his earlier consent, the sources said.

Sikri was part of the including and of in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge that on Thursday decided 2:1 to remove chief Verma from the post. Kharge gave a dissent note and opposed Verma's ouster.

The was established to meet the requirements of the Agreed Memorandum on the (1964) which was revised by governments in 2005.

In fulfilment of its obligations under the Agreed Memorandum, the passed the Act 1966 which, among other things, gives the Commonwealth Secretariat legal personality and accords it certain immunities and privileges.

The has a full complement of eight members comprising the and seven others.

The members are selected by Commonwealth governments on a regionally basis from among persons of high moral character who must hold or have held high judicial office in a Commonwealth country.

The members are appointed on a four-year term which may be renewed only once.

Born on March 7, 1954, as a on April 12, 2013. He earlier served as the Chief Justice of the and



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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 20:56 IST