Setback for Centre, SC reinstates Alok Verma as CBI director

Setback for Centre, SC reinstates Alok Verma as CBI director
Alok Verma had moved the SC against the Centre's decision to divest him of his powers and sending him on leave.
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside the Centre's decision divesting CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma of his powers and sending him on leave.

The top court reinstated Verma but restrained him from taking any major policy decision till the Central Vigilance Commission inquiry into corruption charges against him is over.

The apex court also said that any further decision against Verma would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the CBI director.

It said the high-powered committee will take its decision on the basis of the findings of the CVC inquiry. It said the meeting of the committee should be convened within a week.

The court also set aside the Centre's decision to appoint senior IPS officer M Nageswara Rao, who was the joint director, as the interim chief of the agency.

By the verdict, the apex court has set aside the Centre's decision of October 23 divesting Verma of his powers as CBI chief and sending him on leave.

The Centre had taken the decision against Verma and CBI's Special Director Rakesh Asthana after their feud had become public as they levelled allegations of corruption against each other.

The judgment on Tuesday was penned by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. However, the CJI didn't attend the court and the judgment was pronounced by Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph.

Verma's two-year tenure as CBI director ends on January 31.

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