No proof of corruption against ex-CBI Chief Verma: Justice Patnaik

Justice AB Patnaik

The Hush Post| 10:27 am |one-minute-read

Justice AK Patnaik, a former Supreme Court judge, who was given the responsibility to look into the alleged corruption investigations by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), against Alok Verma, has said that there is “no evidence” of corruption against the former CBI Director. This has been reported in the NDTV.

Alok Verma was first transferred to Andamans and then relocated for a day after the SC verdict on the case. But later a three member committee headed by PM removed him again.

“The removal of Alok Verma by the PM-led panel was a very very hasty decision,” said Justice Patnaik. He added that the “findings of the CVC are not mine.”

The probe against Verma was based on complaint of CBI special director, Rakesh Asthana. Verma was removed as the CBI chief and transferred as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards. He refused to take up the new job and sent his resignation to the government on Friday.

In his resignation letter, Verma said, “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 called the situation a moment of “collective introspection.”

Mallikarjun Kharge, who was part of the three-member committee had sent a note of dissent on Verma’s removal

“As a career bureaucrat, it is the idea of my integrity that has been the driving force for four decades in public service,” Mr Verma had said in his resignation letter.

Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge, who was part of the three-member committee led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had sent a dissent note on the decision to remove Verma from the top post in the CBI.

PM Modi and Justice AK Sikri, who was representing Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had favoured Verma’s removal.

Verma was forced to go on leave after alleged corruption charges by his number 2 Rakesh Asthana. However, he was reinstated by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. However, now Verma has resigned resenting the fact that his side of the argument has not been heard.

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