Alok Verma resigns from service hours after Modi-led panel removes him as CBI Director

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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.

Alok Verma

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.

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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