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PM-led panel meets for second time to decide fate of CBI Director Alok Verma

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A high-powered committee headed by met Thursday for the second time to decide the fate of Alok Verma, reinstated by a order after he was sent on forced leave by the government, officials said.

The other members of the committee included and Justice A K Sikri, who was nominated by Chief Justice of Ranjan Gogoi to represent him.

The panel's meet held Wednesday remained inconclusive, they said, without giving further details.

The chief and his deputy Special were sent on the forced leave over two months ago to stop the "kilkenny cat fight" between them. They had accused each other of corruption.

Verma, who resumed office on Wednesday, had revoked most of the transfers done by M Nageshwar Rao, who was appointed as the chief in his absence.

Ahead of the meeting, Kharge said he has sought documents, including enquiry report by the into the matter.

"I have asked for certain documents from the government concerning the matter including the CVC's enquiry reports," he told reporters here on Thursday.

He said that Verma should also be given an opportunity to appear before the committee and represent his case.

also attacked the government ahead of the crucial meeting and said Modi is in a "tearing hurry" to "sack" because of the Rafale deal.

"1. Why is the PM in such a tearing hurry to sack the CBI Chief?

"2. Why will he not allow the CBI Chief to present his case in front of the selection committee ? Answer: RAFALE," Gandhi said on

The top court had asked the government to convene the meeting within a week of its order. It had quashed the government's unprecedented "overnight" order issued in October last year, stripping Verma of his powers and sending him on leave after he and his deputy traded corruption charges, sparking a bitter feud.

The court, while reinstating Verma, however, made it clear that he will desist from taking any major policy decision till a high-powered committee considers the issue of "divestment of power and authority".

Verma had challenged his ouster from the CBI in the apex court.

Asthana has also approached the for quashing of an FIR registered by the CBI, reportedly at the instance of Verma, in an alleged corruption case. A decision in this regard is pending in the high court.

Verma's two-year fixed tenure as CBI ends on January 31.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 17:00 IST
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