Former CBI Director Alok Verma has resigned, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led panel removed him from his post. To add insult to injury, he was later appointed as Director General, Fire Services and Home Guard.
He had refused to accept his new role. A statement issued by him read, “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.”
The decision to remove Verma from his post has come after the Selection Committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Justice AK Sikri and Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge met on Thursday. The decision was widely condemned as many felt that the government had acted to avenge Verma’s decision to file an FIR in bribery case against his number 2, Rakesh Asthana.
Some questions beg to be asked, #AlokVerma wasn’t found to be fit to be #CBIChief , allegedly on corruption charges.
But he is fit to be DG Fire & the same corruption charges aren’t an issue for the position of DG Fire.
What logic is this ?
— rafale thakur (@65thakursahab) January 11, 2019
If charges against #AlokVerma are so serious in nature that he can't hold post d of #CBIDirector why he has been appointed DG Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards? Why he has't been sacked from the Job?
— Ashok Upadhyay (@ashoupadhyay) January 11, 2019
15 days before 2 year ‘fixed’ tenure ends in govt, Alok Verma is not fit to be CBI director but is fit to be DG Fire Services, Home Guards and Civil Defence. ??
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) January 10, 2019
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had appointed Justice Sikri to represented him since the former was heading the bench that heard Verma’s case. The Selection Committee had met twice after first meeting on Wednesday. Nageshwar Rao was reappointed as the interim chief till new Director is appointed.
While reinstating Verma to his post, the Supreme Court had barred him from taking any major policy decisions. On the first day of taking charge, he had reversed the transfer orders by the interim chief Nageshwar Rao.
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