Alok Verma case: Chief Justice not to be part of panel headed by PM

The Hush Post|01:10 pm| 1-min-read
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has opted out of the high-powered selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to NDTV news channel. As a fallout of the Supreme Court order in CBI director Alok Verma’s reinstatement, the SC itself had asked this panel to decide within one week on the future of Alok Verma.
Interestingly, CJI Gogoi was in the Supreme Court bench that reinstated him as CBI director on Tuesday. The Chief Justice has now nominated Justice AK Sikri for the meeting of the panel.
The selection panel includes the prime minister, the leader of the largest opposition party and the Chief Justice or his nominee.
PM Modi, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice Sikri are expected to decide on the next CBI chief to succeed Alok Verma, who retires on January 31.
Verma had been sent on compulsory leave by the government in a post-midnight order on October 23. He was replaced by an interim chief, Nageswar Rao. Verma had contested his removal in the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Verma today returned to his office in Delhi for the first time in three months. He was received by M Nageswara Rao, who had been appointed interim chief in his place. His deputy, Asthana had also challenged his removal but continues to remain on leave.

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