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CBI Director Alok Verma shunted out; posted as Director General Fire Services

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In an unprecedented move, was removed from the position Thursday on the charges of corruption and dereliction of duties after a marathon meeting of the high-powered selection committee led by Narendra Modi, officials said.

Verma, whose fixed tenure of two years was to end on January 31, is the in the 55-years of the CBI's history to face such action, they said.

He has been posted as General Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards, under the The charge of the has been given to M Nageshwar Rao, a government order issued on Thursday evening said.

There were eight counts of charges against Verma in the CVC report presented before the Committee also comprising of in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A K Sikri, appointed by Chief Justice of Ranjan Gogoi as his nominee.

The eight counts of charges included alleged attempts to induct tainted officers, compromising probe in the Moin Qureshi case, IRCTC scam among others, they said.

The decision for the removal of 1979-batch Verma was taken by a majority with Kharge opposing the move, they said.

The meeting of the committee was convened Wednesday which lasted nearly 30 minutes.

It was convened again on Thursday at the residence of Modi at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg at around 4.30 PM.

The meeting continued for nearly two hours with Kharge strongly arguing for giving a chance to Verma to present his case before the committee on the allegations levelled by the CVC against him.

However, the and Justice Sikri did not agree with his position making clear his ouster from the agency.

Reacting to the development, the said, "By removing from his position without giving him the chance to present his case, PM Modi has shown once again that he's too afraid of an investigation, either by an independent director or by Parliament via JPC."

A delegation of former ministers and along with activist had met Verma on October 4, 2018 with plea of registering an FIR in the Rafal aircraft purchase deal.

Verma was sent on forced leave by the government in a late-night controversial order on October 23, 2018 in the wake of a feud between him and his which had intensified after Asthana was booked on corruption charges by the CBI on October 15, 2018.

He had challenged the order in the which had quashed the government order Tuesday and reinstated him with a condition that the high-powered selection committee will decide his fate in a week.

Verma had joined the office Wednesday after 77 days of forced leave set aside by the

The apex court had said any further decision against Verma, who was scheduled to retire on January 31, would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the

The in the Vineet Narayan judgment had fixed a minimum tenure of two years for the CBI director to give him immunity from any political interference. Later, through the Lokpal Act, the process of selecting the CBI director was handed over to a selection committee.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 20:45 IST