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Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director

Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director

The Supreme Court on 08 Jan quashed the government's midnight move to send CBI chief Alok Verma on forced leave.

The Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as CBI director but said that he will not be allowed to take any policy decisions.

The Supreme Court said it was quashing the order sending him on leave since the government had no authority to take action against the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Supreme Court: The logic behind this verdict

The only institution that can take any action against a CBI director is the special committee that appoints the director.

This committee consists of the Prime Minister of India, the Chief Justice of India and the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

This committee has been requested to meet within a week and consider whether any action needs to be taken against Alok Verma with regards to the allegations of corruption against him.

Background:

The Supreme Court order came on a petition filed by the Alok Verma challenging the government order sending him on leave.

Verma, who retires on Janurary 31, was sent on leave in the aftermath of a bitter public feud with CBI's No. 2 officer Rakesh Asthana.

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