SC reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director, overturns Centre’s decision

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Alok Kumar Verma as CBI Director by overturning Centre’s decision to divest him of his powers and sending him on leave.

Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana were both sent on leave in October amid a bitter feud between the two.

However, the apex court restrained Alok Verma from taking any policy decision until the high-powered committee takes a decision on allegations against Verma.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is on leave today and the judgement on CBI Director Alok Verma’s plea pronounced by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and KM Joseph 

The top court said that the government should have referred to the high-powered Committee consisting of the Chief Justice of India, Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition to initiate Alok Verma’s removal.

Alok Verma is due to retire on January 31.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took to his twitter account and tweeted, “SC reinstating CBI director Alok Verma is a direct indictment of the PM. Modi govt has ruined all institutions and democracy in our country. Wasn’t CBI director illegally removed at midnight to stall the probe in Rafale scam which directly leads to PM himself?”

“We welcome the Supreme Court’s verdict lambasting the govt. against their illegal removal of Alok Verma as CBI Director. The SC has reinstated Alok Verma as director,” Congress tweeted.

“Alok Verma was investigating the #RafaleScam, so he was illegally & undemocratically removed from his position. Today the SC has proven to PM Modi that democracy will always fight back. Where will NoMo hide, now that all his skeletons are falling out of the closet,” Congress added.