Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director

The Hush Post| 11:55am | 2-min-read
The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Alok Verma as CBI Director, however, he cannot take major policy decisions for now. The Supreme Court set aside the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) October 23 order.
The apex court has said that the high power committee set up under DSPE Act should act within a week to consider his case.
The court also said that the government should have referred Alok Verma’s removal to the select committee. The  committee consists of the Chief Justice of India, Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition.
Three months ago, the Modi-led government had divested him of his powers in a midnight order. He was sent on forced leave. The SC decision is being considered a huge setback to the government.
Verma was represented by senior lawyer Fali Nariman in the Supreme Court. Through his lawyer, Verma had challenged the government’s move. He argued that the CBI chief has a fixed two year term and can be removed only by the high-powered committee.

Fight betwen two “Kilkenny cats”

Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana had been both sent on leave in October in the middle of a bitter feud between them.
The government had argued in court that it had no option, so they sent both officers on leave since they were fighting like “Kilkenny cats”.
The fight is regarding corruption charges swapped by Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana on each other. Verma had been accused by Asthana of taking bribe from a Hyderabad-based businessman being investigated by the agency.
However, Verma also accused Asthana of the same crime.

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