CBI v. CBI: Alok Verma to Rejoin as CBI Chief, SC Quashes Govt’s Order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today quashed the government’s order of sending Alok Verma on leave before the end of his term in January this year and he is set to join back as Chief of Central Bureau of Investigation.

The Apex Court of the country said that, any provision of the law dose not permit the government to divest the CBI director of his powers and functions without the consent of the high-powered committee.

However, the SC bench ordered Verma not to take any major policy decision with regard to the functioning of CBI upon his joining as CBI director as the court passed “cease and desist” order against Verma which would disable him from taking any decisions till the selection committee decides his fate.

Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana, the CBI’s special director, were sent on leave in October last year after they levelled allegations of corruption against each other. The Modi government defended its decision to remove the duo by pointing to a need leave to restore public faith in the CBI.

The feud between Verma and Asthana — and the government action that followed it — fuelled an opposition campaign accusing the Centre of hurting India’s institutions.

Alok Verma challenged the government’s decision to send him on leave 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.

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