Supreme Court agrees to hear CBI Director Alok Verma's petition against his removal

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In an unprecedented move, the sacked CBI director, Alok Verma, on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court against the Narendra Modi government’s decision to remove him from his post.
Alok Verma
The Modi government had sacked Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana and sealed their offices in a midnight order. Verma had ordered the filing of an FIR against Asthana for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore in a case against Moin Qureshi.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed joint director M Nageshwar Rao as the interim head of the CBI.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it will hear Verma’s petition against his removal on Friday. Advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan, mentioned Alok Verman’s petition before CJI Ranjan Gogoi today morning and said the investigating officers of sensitive cases are being changed, reported LiveLaw website. The CJI agreed to list the case for hearing on Friday.
Meanwhile, it has also emerged that Verma was keen to have the questionable Rafale deal probed. His dismissal is being seen as the Modi government’s attempt to thwart the idea of the Rafale deal investigated.
The Rafale deal was signed by Modi personally. After the then French President Francois Hollande’s stunning revelation that it was the Indian government, which insisted on the selection of Anil Ambani’s Reliance to be the Indian offset partner, Modi felt that any probe will be embarrassing for him in the election year.
There were reports that Modi was unhappy over Verma meeting lawyer Prashant Bhushan and former union minister Arun Shourie earlier this month. Both Bhushan and Shourie had met Verma to submit relevant documents related to the Rafale deal and asked for a probe.
Verma’s subsequent action against Asthana, a blue-eyed boy of Modi, was another reason why the prime minister decided to punish Verma. Experts say that this is an unprecedented move to sack the country’s top investigating body’s chief for personal reason.
Other felt that Wednesday’s action by Modi was a reminder of the infamous Gujarat model, where government functioned with the diktat of one individual and not the rule of law.

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