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Alok Verma resigns, refuses to take charge as DG of Fire Services

“It may be noted that the undersigned would have already superannuated as on July 31, 2017 and was only serving the Government as Director, CBI till January 3, 2019, as the same was a fixed tenure role”.

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New Delhi, Jan 11: Former CBI Director Alok Verma on Friday resigned, a day after he was transferred from the post by a high-level committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Verma, who was transferred as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, refused to take up the new job and instead sent his resignation to the government.

He wrote a letter to Secy Department of Personnel and Training saying “It may be noted that the undersigned would have already superannuated as on July 31, 2017 and was only serving the Government as Director, CBI till January 3, 2019, as the same was a fixed tenure role”.

“The undersigned is no longer Director,CBI and has already crossed his superannuation age for DG Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.The undersigned may be deemed as superannuated with effect from today”, he added.

“Natural justice was scuttled and the entire process was turned upside down in ensuring that the undersigned is removed from the post of the Director”, he said in a statement.

Verma, who was transferred within 48 hours after rejoining as CBI Director, last night said that the corruption charges made against him were on the basis of false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person.

He was removed from the post following a 2-1 decision by the high-level Selection Committee which included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the largest opposition group in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A.K. Sikri.

At the meeting, Justice Sikri sided with the government that Verma should be dismissed from the post on the basis of the findings of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), which went into the corruptions allegations levelled against him.

Meanwhile Kharge, who gave a dissent note, opposed the decision.

Verma was sent on leave by the Centre on the intervening night of October 23-24.

Following this on January 8, the apex court reinstated the 1979-batch IPS officer as the CBI Director on grounds that the government cannot transfer or alter the duties of the Central Bureau of Investigation chief without going to the Selection Committee.

Soon after the meeting, Alok Verma was appointed Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards till January 31 when his tenure would end.

The government also reappointed M. Nageswara Rao, Additional Director, CBI to look after the duties of the Director.

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AAP will Support Congress if Next PM is From Grand Old Party: Amanatullah Khan

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New Delhi, Jan 23: Openly announcing support for Rahul Gandhi in 2019, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan on Wednesday said that the party would extend support to the grand old party as there is much likelihood that the next Prime Minister would be from the Congress .

“Abhi bahar mujhse koi keh raha tha ki log keh rahe hain ki Congress ko vote isliye denge kyunki Pradhanmantri unka banega, hum ye keh rahe hain ki agar Pradhanmantri unka hi bana toh hum bhi usey support kar denge,” Khan said indicating that 2019 is Modi vs Rahul Gandhi.

The major statement by AAP’s Amanatullah Khan was made in the presence of Chief Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Waqf Board meeting.

The chairman of the board, urged the Imams of the city mosques to support the AAP and said, “People are saying they will vote for the Congress because the next prime minister will be from that party.

Muslim voters should elect AAP in Delhi and if Congress wins at the Centre, “it will draw our support”, he said.

Kejriwal also said that his party will support anyone except Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.

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INA veterans to march in Republic day parade

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New Delhi: The Indian Air Force Marching Contingent on Rajpath during Republic Day Parade 2018

New Delhi, Jan 23 : For the first time, four veterans from the Indian National Army (INA) of Netaji Subhash Chadra Bose will take part in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath.

The move is considered as an unprecedented honor for freedom fighters and the acknowlegmentof the contribution of INA in the Indian independence

According to the report, the veterans- Parmanand, Lalit Ram, Hira Singh and Bhagmal. The four are aged 95 plus.
The four veterans, who fought World War II, will be seated in jeeps that will march past Rajpath during the Republic Day parade.

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Piyush Goyal given temporary charge of Finance

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New Delhi, Jan 23 : Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was on Wednesday given charge of Finance Ministry in the absence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is in the US for medical treatment, apparently ruling out his recuperation in time for the interim budget to be presented on February 1.

Goyal will hold the portfolios of Finance and Corporate Affairs on a temporary basis till the resumption of duties by Jaitley, who has now been made a Minister without portfolio, a Rashtrapati Bhawan communique said.

Jaitley (66) had a kidney transplant in May last year and then too Goyal was put in charge of Finance and Corporate Affairs.

“The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, hereby directed that during the period of indisposition of Arun Jaitley, the portfolios of Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs held by him, be temporarily assigned to Piyush Goyal, in addition to his existing portfolios.

“Further, as advised by the Prime Minister, Arun Jaitley be designated as Minister without portfolio during the period of his indisposition or till such time he is able to resume his work as Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs,” the communique said.

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