NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that the decision to send CBI Director Alok Verma on leave was taken as per the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission.
Finance minister said that This action was taken perfectly bonafide as there were cross-allegations made by both the officers and in accordance with recommendations of CVC. The government had felt that in the larger interest of fair and impartial investigation and credibility of CBI, the two officers must recuse themselves. Jaitley added that the government's aim behind taking the decision was only to protest the CBI.
Finance Minister comment comes after Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Alok Verma as director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, setting aside the Central government decision to send him on leave.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 SK Kaul and KM Joseph.
In October Verma and CBI's Special Director Rakesh Asthana had been sent on 'forced leave' in October after their dispute had become public as they levelled allegations of corruption against each other.