Monday, January 7, 2019

Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI director, quashes govt’s removal order

Alok Verma reinstated as CBI chief, govt’s midnight order quashed

CBI vs CBI LIVE updates: The Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the CBI chief. The bench had reserved its verdict in December.

Alok Verma was reinstated as CBI Director by the Supreme Court 8/1/19 over two months after the government stripped him of his powers and responsibilities in a surprise midnight order on October 23.
In a big jolt to the Centre, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India  Ranjan Gogoi quashed the orders of the Chief Vigilance Commission recommending Verma’s removal. The court has, however, has directed Verma not to take any policy decisions till a statutory Committee meets on his removal within a week.
The Supreme Court also set aside the appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim chief of CBI.
Both Verma and his deputy, Rakesh Asthana, were divested of their roles in the CBI following a bitter fallout. Joint Director M Nageswara Rao was appointed as the interim in-charge of the agency. Verma challenged his removal in the apex court, saying the decision was against the rules that mandate that the CBI chief has two years in office. Another petition was filed by NGO Common Cause in the case.
Verma accused Asthana of accepting bribes from a Hyderabad-based businessman to help him get off the hook in the Moin Qureshi case money laundering case. The Special Director shot back with a dozen charges listed against Verma, including counter charge relating to Moin Qureshi case, where he alleged that it was the CBI director who accepted a bribe.

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