PM Modi-led panel to decide CBI Director Alok Verma's fate today -
PM Modi-led panel to decide CBI Director Alok Verma's fate today
Posted 09 Jan 2019 02:59 PM

A Selection Committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today decide the fate of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma who resumed office on Wednesday after 77-dat forced leave.

The panel, also comprising leader of the largest opposition party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Karge and Justice AK Sikri, most senior judge of the Supreme Court after Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, will take note of CVC probe against Verma.

CJI Gogoi reportedly recused from being part of the Selection Committee as he had delivered yesterday’s verdict of the Supreme Court reinstating Verma.

Verma joined office Wednesday, 77 days after he was sent on forced leave by the central government through a much-criticised late-night order on October 23, 2018, which was set aside by the Supreme Court.

The October order sent Verma and his deputy Special Director Rakesh Asthana, booked by the agency on corruption charges, into exile in a first-of-its-kind move by the government in the agency's history.

In its order, the Supreme Court set aside Verma's forced leave but restrained him from taking any major policy decision till the CVC probe into corruption charges against him is over.

The apex court said any further decision against Verma, who retires on January 31, would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the CBI director.

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