CBI Director Alok Verma 2 Days After Return, Out Again

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New Delhi, Jan 10 : Within a day of his being reinstated by the Supreme Court, Alok Verma was on Thursday shunted out from the country’s premier probe agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as its director.

The decision to “ease out” Mr Verma from the high profile post came after two hour-and-15 minutes meeting of the high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The other members of the panel include Congress floor leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A K Sikri, who was nominated by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to represent him.

The panel had met on Wednesday evening but the deliberations remained inconclusive, sources said.

The CBI chief Mr Verma and his deputy Special Director Rakesh Asthana were sent on the forced leave in October after both accused each other of corruption.

In Thursday’s meeting, Mr Kharge is said to have given his note of dissent.

Congress sources also alleged that the decision to ‘sack or replace’ Mr Verma was “decided in advance” and the meeting of the panel appeared only a formality.

Earlier Verma was sent on leave. Now he will be shunted out,” a government source said indicating that the controversial top cop may be transferred out from the CBI.

“Things have happened according to rule of law. The decision to remove Alok Verma is taken by 2-1 vote,” the source said adding as directed by the Supreme Court, only the high powered select committee can remove a serving ‘CBI chief’ and it has been done accordingly.

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