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PM Modi-led panel meets to decide on CBI chief; CJI, Kharge in attendance

Opposition parties, mainly the Congress, have accused the central government of interference in public institutions

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led committee on Thursday met here to decide the name of the next CBI chief, the post lying vacant following the unceremonious exit of early this month, officials said.

The meeting was being attended by Chief Justice and leader of the in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, they said.  

The panel had on January 10 removed Verma, who was engaged in a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges.

Both Verma and Asthana have accused each other of impropriety. 

Verma, after being removed from the post of CBI director, was named as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards a less significant portfolio.

Verma did not accept the offer and wrote to the government, saying he should be considered as deemed superannuated as he has completed 60 year age of superannuation. He had taken over as the CBI chief on February 1, 2017, for a fixed two-year tenure.

In a letter to Secretary of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), C Chandramouli, Verma said he has superannuated on July 31, 2017.

The Centre has not yet made public its decision on Verma's letter.

The Centre has appointed M Nageshwara Rao as the interim CBI chief.

Verma's resignation letter led to a political slugfest with the opposition parties, mainly the Congress, accusing the central government of alleged interference in public institutions. 

Kharge had recently written to the prime minister terming Rao's appointment as CBI's interim chief "illegal". He had asked the government to immediately convene the meeting of the panel to decide on the new CBI chief. 

First Published: Thu, January 24 2019. 19:15 IST