Corruption charges against me frivolous, says Alok Verma

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New Delhi, Jan 11: Alok Verma, who was transferred within 48 hours after rejoining as CBI Director, on Friday said that the corruption charges made against him were on the basis of false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person.

“It is sad that (on the) basis false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person (Special Director Rakesh Asthana), who was inimical to me, I have been transferred to another post pursuant to the orders of the committee which was assigned the task of deciding my future course of action as Director CBI,” he said in a statement.

His remarks came after he was removed from the post on Thursday evening after 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.

Justice Sikri. was nominated by the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to attend the meeting, who, having heared the case arising out of Verma’s challenge against the government decision to send him on leave in October last year.

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.

“I have stood up for the integrity of the institution, and if asked, will do it again in order to uphold the rule of law”, the 1979-batch IPS officer stated.

He also said that the CBI being a prime probe agency dealing in corruption in high public places is an institution whose “independence should be preserved and protected”.

“It must function without external influences. I have tried to uphold the integrity of the institution while attempts were being made to destroy it.

“The same can be seen from the orders of the central government and the CVC dated October 23 , 2018 which were without jurisdiction and were set aside,” he added.

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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