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Alok Verma removed as CBI chief by by Modi-led Selection Panel

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Alok Verma removed as CBI chief by  by Modi-led Selection Panel
11 January, 2019
Modi-led high-powered Selection Committee on Thursday removed Alok Verma as Central Bureau of Investigation chief, two days after the Supreme Court reinstated him as CBI director.  The top cop, who retires from the Indian Police Service on January 31, has now been made the director general of fire services, civil defence and home guards.

The high-powered committee met for over two hours on Thursday to decide the fate of Alok Verma. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Justice Sikri and Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, the other member of the committee. According to reports, during the meeting, Kharge opposed the removal of Verma as CBI chief and demanded another chance for Verma. 

Sources said the Committee took into account the "extremely serious" nature of observations made by the Central Vigilance Commission against Verma. It was of the view that being the head of a very sensitive organization, Verma was not functioning with the integrity expected of him. In the end, it was 2-1 against Verma. Modi and Justice Sikri voted for Verma's removal.

Verma, who was unceremoniously removed from the agency's helm on the midnight of October 23 after his fight with Special Director Rakesh Asthana became public, was reinstated on Tuesday by the apex court on the ground that the government cannot transfer or alter the terms of appointment of the CBI chief without going to the Selection Committee. The committee's members are the Prime Minister, leader of the largest opposition group and the Chief Justice of India.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court will pronounce its verdict tomorrow on a petition filed by CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana and DSP Devendra Kumar seeking quashing of the FIR against them.

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