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Kharge gives dissent note on ALok Verma’s removal as CBI Chief

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New Delhi, Jan 10 : The decision to remove Alok Verma from the post of CBI Director was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-headed high-powered select committee today after a 135-minute-long meeting. Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge gave a dissent note during the meeting against its decision to shunt out Alok, two days after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court.

The select committee comprised Modi, CJI nominee Justice AK Sikri and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. CBI Additional Director M Nageshwar Rao will look after the duties of CBI chief till a new appointment or until further orders.

Mandate of the Selection Panel headed by Prime Minister Modi is limited to appointment of CBI chief, and transfer of CBI chief.

Kharge said during the meeting that Verma, who was sent on a forced leave, should not be penalised and be given an extension of 77 days for which he was not allowed to attend the office. This is the second time Mr. Kharge has objected to Mr. Verma’s removal.

During the meeting, Justice Sikri said there are charges against Mr. Verma to which Mr. Kharge asked “where are the charges”, according to the sources.

The Selection Panel has recommended the transfer of Alok Verma as CBI Chief. The ACC has subsequently posted Alok Verma as DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence, and Home Guards.

The CVC found evidence of influencing of investigation in the Moin Qureshi case. There was also evidence of taking of bribe of Rs 2 crore. CVC was of the view that his conduct in the case is suspicious, and there is a prima facie case against him. The CVC also felt that the entire truth will come out if a criminal investigation is ordered,” added sources.

The CVC, in the IRCTC case, felt that it can be “reasonably concluded that Shri Verma deliberately excluded a name from the FIR, for reasons best known to him.” The agency also found proof against Verma in many others cases.

“The CVC also found instances of wilful non-production of record, and fabrication of record. The Committee also took note of Shri Verma’s attempts to induct officers of doubtful integrity in CBI,” added the sources.

Alok Verma, a 1979-batch IPS officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, had taken over as the CBI chief after the Supreme Court reinstated him on Tuesday. The SC had set aside the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and the Centre’s decision to divest him of his powers to function as its head but with limited powers.

The Congress tweeted that by removing “Alok Verma from his position without giving him the chance to present his case, PM Modi has shown once again that he’s too afraid of an investigation, either by an independent CBI director or by Parliament via JPC.”

As per the sources,Committee also took note of Alok Verma’s attempts to induct officers of doubtful integrity. In response to the insinuation that he was not given a chance to be heard, he was given an opportunity to present his case before the CVC, in presence of Retd. Justice Patnaik.

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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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