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Kharge gives dissent note on Verma's removal as CBI chief

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

in Mallikarjuna on Thursday gave a dissent note during a meeting of the high-profile panel chaired by against its decision to shunt out and instead asked the panel to compensate him by granting him 77 more days in office as the agency's

Two days after Verma was reinstated by the Supreme Court, was removed as by a high-powered committee headed by on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty, in an unprecedented action in the central probe agency's 55-year history.

According to sources, said during the meeting that Verma, who was sent on a forced leave, should not be penalised and be given an extension of 77 days for which he was not allowed to attend the office.

This is the second time has objected to Verma's removal. Incidently, he had earlier objected to his appointment too.

Kharge told other panel members that in his opinion Verma should be allowed to explain himself before the committee, along with the charges made against him, prior to any decision being taken.

"It would be grossly unfair not to restore to the full extent of the authority enjoyed by the office of the CBI and compensate him by extending his term appropriately to accommodate for the loss of 77 days caused by the illegal orders of the CVC and DoPT on October 23, 2018," he said in his dissent note.

Kharge also demanded that a high-powered committee order an investigation into the events of the early hours of October 23, 2018.

Congress's separately demanded that an independent committee monitored by the investigate the events of the intervening night of October 23 and 24.

Kharge said that out of the 10 allegations, "six are found to be unsubstantiated or false, four are found to be in need of further investigation as an inconclusive finding has been arrived at. Four of the charges are found to be prima facie substantiated and on the basis of circumstantial evidence, found to be unflattering to Alok Verma".

"It is clear that in the case of criminal charges, the burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt. In the four cases where the CVC returns unflattering conclusions, even they admit that there is no proof of any pecuniary benefit, no unimpeachable evidence corroborating the story and the conclusion is arrived at on the basis of circumstantial evidence," he said in his letter to the panel.

Alleging Verma was deprived of his powers wrongfully, the in the demanded restoration of his full tenure and powers.

"There can be no alternative but to restore unto Alok Verma the full range of authority enjoyed by the office of the Director, (CBI), so as to ensure the independence and neutrality of the CBI," Kharge said.

"Therefore, in the interest of justice, equity and good conscience, there can be absolutely no alternative but to extent the terms of service of Alok Verma as Director CBI, to the full two years, as mandated under law," Kharge said.

The three-member panel that met and removed Verma included Justice A K Sikri as a nominee of the Justice

During the meeting, Justice Sikri said there are charges against Verma to which Kharge asked "where are the charges", according to the sources.

"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 or by Parliament via JPC," tweeted from its official handle.

Verma has been removed from the high-profile post on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty, making him the in the history of the agency to face such action, officials said.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 23:15 IST