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Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Chief

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Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Chief
08 January, 2019
In a major setback to the Modi led BJP government, the Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Alok Verma as CBI Director and set aside the Centre's decision divesting him of his powers and sending him on forced leave.

The apex court, however, restrained Verma from taking any major policy decisions till the Central Vigilance Commission inquiry is over.

"The government should have referred to the Select Committee consisting of the Chief Justice of India, Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition to initiate Alok Verma’s removal,” the Supreme Court said.

The judgement was pronounced by a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph. The court said the High Power Committee under DSPE Act to act within a week to consider his case.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that the court ruling was a "direct indictment" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"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?

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

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