The Supreme Court today reinstated Alok Verma as the CBI chief. However, the Court said, the committee constituted under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act will have to consider the matter afresh and that Mr. Verma cannot take any major policy decisions until then.
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The court also said that any further decision against Verma would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints CBI director. In addition, it also set aside the appointment of M. Nageswara Rao as interim chief of the agency.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi pronounced the verdict after hearing Mr Verma petition against the Centre’s move to divest him as the chief of the probe agency. The bench had reserved its verdict in the matter on 6th December.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the government will comply with the decision of the Supreme Court. He said, the two senior officers of the CBI were sent on leave on the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
Mr. Jaitley added that government had felt that the action was in the larger interest of fair and impartial investigation and credibility of CBI. Mr Jaitley was talking to reporters after the Apex Court judgment to reinstate Alok Verma as the CBI director.
Congress welomed the SC verdict. Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told reporters that it is a lesson for the government.
Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana were both sent on leave in October after the infighting between two became public.
On October 23, Mr Verma and Mr Asthana were asked by the government to proceed on leave after both accused each other of corruption and interference in investigations.