Supreme Court quashes Centre's order, reinstates Alok Verma as CBI director

Jan 08 2019 11:05 AM
Supreme Court quashes Centre's order, reinstates Alok Verma as CBI director

New Delhi: In a big development 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.

Apex court delivered a blow to the Central government and cancelled the October 23, 2018 notification to divest Central Bureau of Investigation director Alok Kumar Verma of all powers and send him on leave.

Earlier Centarl government has said it sent Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana on leave to restore public faith in the CBI. The duo levelled allegations of corruption against each other.

 Verma challenged the government's decision in the Supreme Court. He has asked that three orders, dated October 23, 2018, be quashed as being without jurisdiction and in violation of the Constitution: One by the Central Vigilance Commission and two by the Department of Personnel and Training. A bench led by Chief Jutsice Ranjan Gogoi reserved its order on December 6.

Verma served as Delhi's police commissioner before his appointment as CBI director on February 1, 2017. He was sent on forced leave before the end of his second year in office, when he and Special Director Rakesh Asthana (who was also sent on leave) accused each other of corruption.

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