The supreme court today reinstated CBI director Alok Verma with some conditions, as he will not be able to take any policy decision.
In October 2018, Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana, the CBI’s director were sent on leave with allegations of corruption against each other. The Central government defended the decision to remove both CBI director to restore the public faith in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
By quashing the decision, the Supreme Court stated that the government had no authority to take this kind of action against the CBI Director.
The only committee that can take an action against a director of Central Bureau of Investigation is the special committee which consists of the PM of India, the CJI and the Leader of the Opposition.
On Tuesday, the Supreme court asked a special committee, including the chief justice of India, the Prime Minister of India and also the leader of the Opposition for required action against Alok Verma. This committee will decide whether any action to be taken regards to the allegations of corruption against Alok Verma. But the committee has been asked to take an action within a week.
Until then, Alok Verma, CBI director cannot take any major policy decisions.
After the sudden decision of forced leave, Alok Verma filed a petition challenging the centre’s decision of divesting him of all responsibilities.
On December 6, 2018, the hearing was headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi regarding the decision against Alok Verma. The apex court was hearing arguments of Alok Verma, NGO Common Cause, the Union Government, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and the Central Vigilance Commission and saved a verdict on this case.
Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana were sent on forced leave after the bitter fight between them. Both accused each other of being corrupt and the government sent them on a leave.
Verma, who retires on January 31st, 2019 has been reinstated as CBI Director by the Supreme Court but the committee will decide and take the action against him.