Panel to decide Alok Verma’s fate: Prashant Bhushan terms it Govt’s desperation to prevent FIR on Rafale complaint

New Delhi: Senior most judge of the Supreme Court, Justice AK Sikri will be a part of the high-powered committee, which will decide the fate of CBI Director Alok Verma.

Apart from the Prime Minister, the committee also includes Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge.
Verma took charge as the CBI Director on Wednesday, days after being sent on leave by the Central Vigilance Committee (CVC). He resumed the office after the Supreme Court reinstated him as CBI chief on Tuesday. The court, however, said that he cannot take any major policy decision.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court set aside the Centre’s order to divest Verma from his charge as head of the CBI, issued on the intervening night of October 23-24.

The court in its verdict said the government should have referred to the selection committee. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, who pronounced the judgement on behalf of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said that the selection committee will be called within seven days from Tuesday to take a decision on the basis of the findings of the CVC inquiry into the corruption allegations against the CBI director.

The court also said that till then Verma will refrain from taking any important policy decisions.
Verma’s two-year tenure as CBI Director ends on January 31.

Meanwhile, Prashant Bhushan termed it Govt’s desperation to prevent FIR on Rafale complaint. He tweeted, “Govt has called a meeting of the Committee of PM, LOP & CJI today itself to seek CBI Chief Verma’s removal (who was restored by SC yesterday). CJI has deputed Justice Sikri for the meeting. Astounding desperation of Govt to prevent FIR by Verma on our Rafale complaint”.

With inputs from ANI