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CBI vs CBI: Alok Verma reinstated as CBI director, Supreme Court rules against BJP government's arbitrary decision

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 January 2019, 10:58 IST

The Supreme Court has reinstated Alok Verma as the CBI director and has ruled against the governments decision of removing the CBI chief.

The Supreme Court has said that Alok Verma cannot take major policy decisions in his term which gest over on February 2, 2019.

The Supreme Court says the High Power Committee under DSPE Act to act within a week to consider his case.

Alok Verma, then CBI director had filed a plea in the apex court saying that his removal as the director from the agency and sending him on leave is unconstitutional and the committee should have been asked before taking such action.

The committee which appoints CBI director includes the Chief Justice, Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition, who were not contacted while the CBI director was sent on leave.

As per the government, the CBI director and its joint director had been indulging in a street fight where both the officials had been raising allegations against each other and Attorney General Venugopal submitted in the court that it was not a transfer rather he was set on leave within the constitutional limits and the Central Vigilance Commissioner was asked to investigate the matter.

Although, the Chief Justice led bench by Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the government that “If you had tolerated since July, it is not something that required immediate action as the circumstances were culminating for a long time.”

The CVC replied to the apex court that “Extraordinary situations need extraordinary remedies, the Central Vigilance Commission's superintendence (over CBI) encompasses 'surprise, extraordinary situations.”

The CVC in its inquiry report submitted to the Supreme Court said that “two senior officers instead of investigating serious cases were investigating each other, were raiding each other…Unless CVC has power to act in surprise situations, it will become a toothless body.”

Also read: CBI vs CBI: Supreme Court to pronounce its verdict today in director Alok Verma case; agency 

First published: 8 January 2019, 10:50 IST