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SC order big blow to govt, say Cong and others after CBI director reinstated

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is the first to have "his illegal orders set aside by the Supreme Court", the said on Tuesday after the apex court reinstated

Other parties also joined the to say the apex court had dealt a blow to the government with its order reinstating Verma and setting aside the Centre's decision divesting him of his powers and sending him on leave.

The apex court, however, restrained him from taking any major policy decision till the inquiry is over.

"Modiji adds another 1st to his list. After being the to be exposed destroying the #before the SC, After having ruined CVC's credibility (requiring supervision by former SC judge),Mr. Modi has now become to have his illegal orders set aside by the SC," tweeted spokesperson

He asked Modi to remember that governments had come and gone but the integrity of institutions had survived.

"Let this be a lesson to you about the strength of our democracy and the Constitution. Let this be a lesson that howsoever despotic u may be, law catches up in the end," Surjewala said on

Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, described the order as a "big slap" on the face of the government.

Minister said the order was a direct indictment of the government.

"SC reinstating is a direct indictment of the PM. Modi govt has ruined all institutions and democracy in our country. Wasn't CBI illegally removed at midnight to stall the probe in Rafale scam which directly leads to PM himself?" the said on

said the order was a partial victory for Verma.

"He has been restored but strangely he has been restrained from taking any policy decisions," he said.

Delivering its order, the apex court said any further decision against Verma would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the

The judgement was pronounced by a bench of Chief Justice of Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph.

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

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 11:50 IST