In a huge development, CBI Director Alok Verma has been removed from his post just two days after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court. 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. He’s now been appointed as Director General, Fire Services and Home Guard.
A report by NDTV said that Verma had been transferred after 2-1 vote as Modi and Justice Sikri weighed in citing the CVC report against Verma on corruption charges. Kharge reported expressed his displeasure.
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 has been 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.
Noted Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan tweeted, “So, a day after he resumed charge as CBI Director, the Committee headed by Modi again transfers out Alok Verma post haste, w/o even hearing him, fearing the prospect of his registering an FIR against Modi in the Rafale scam! Such desperation to prevent any investigation.”
Verma’s tenure as CBI Director ends on 31 January.