Alok Verma, who has been removed from the post of CBI director unceremoniously by a high-powered selection committee, has told PTI that he was transferred on the basis of “false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations” made by only one person who was inimical to him.
Verma was removed as the CBI Director by PM Modi-led High Power Committee, which included Justice AK Sikri and leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, on Thursday, 10 January.
Verma has now been appointed as DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard.
Transferred on Basis of False, Unsubstantiated and Frivolous Allegations: Alok Verma
Breaking his silence over the issue, Alok Verma, in a statement to PTI late on Thursday night, said the CBI being a prime investigating agency dealing in corruption in high public places is an institution whose independence should be preserved and protected.
Verma termed it “sad” that he was transferred to another post pursuant to the orders of the committee on the basis of “false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person, who was inimical to him”.
PM Isn’t Worried, Congress Is Trying to Falsely Allege: Nalin Kohli
Nalin Kohli, BJP spokesperson and Supreme Court advocate, said the allegation of the Congress is not borne by facts.
Attacking the Opposition party after its press conference targeting the prime minister, Kohli said, “It’s not the PM who is worried as the Congress is trying to falsely allege. It’s the Congress which is. Why else are they trying to discredit the CVC and it’s findings? Those who demolish institutions and continue to attack them should not give pretentious lessons to the PM or the BJP.”
Kharge is a Man of Amazing Consistency: Piyush Goyal
Taking a dig at the Congress’s leader in Lok Sabha, Union minister Piyush Goyal tweeted, “Indeed, Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge is a man of amazing consistency. When Shri Alok Verma was appointed CBI chief by the selection committee, he dissented. Now, when Shri Alok Verma has been removed by the same Selection Committee, he has dissented.”
BJP Calls Congress ‘Sore Loser’
Hitting out at the Congress over its attack on the Modi government following removal of CBI Director Alok Verma on corruption charges, the BJP called the party a “sore loser”, saying the party has been left to lick its wounds “after failing to subvert the central probe agency by joining internal personal battles”.
BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said, “Sore loser Congress is licking its wounds after failing to subvert the CBI by joining internal personal battles. The only investigation pending is of ‘The Family’ that received bribes from ‘Mama Christian Michel’ in multiple defence deals. Lies of Rahul Gandhi completely exposed.”
Alok Verma’s Sacking Shows Modi Is A Prisoner of His Own Lies: Rahul Gandhi
“Fear is now rampaging through Mr Modi’s mind,” Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, slamming Modi-led Panel’s decision to remove Alok Verma as CBI director.
Alok Verma’s removal twice in a row, shows that Modi is a “prisoner of his own lies”, the Congress Chief said.
Something Suspicious About Alok Verma’s Removal: Sachin Pilot
Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said, “There is something murky going on which needs to be investigated, the Congress party has already objected to it. Something very suspicious about all this.”
Verma’s Sacking Shows BJP’s Desperation to Dodge Rafale Probe : Priyanka Chaturvedi
Congress Spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi has alleged that the hurried decision to remove Alok Verma as the CBI director, shows the desperation level of the BJP to ensure he does not probe the Rafale scam.
PM Modi Preparing a ‘Suraksha Kavach’ (Protective Shield) For Himself: Anand Sharma
Congress leader Anand Sharma in an address to the media said, “The CVC’s actions on 23 October should be investigated. The outcome of today’s meeting shows that the Supreme Court found nothing out of CVC’s report. This raises questions on CVC whether it is acting upon the PMO’s directions. The committee failed to provide justice.”
Anand Sharma alleged that PM Modi was preparing a ‘Suraksha Kavach’ (protective shield) for himself and his friends, so that the contentious issues are not looked into for the next two years.
“If PM had nothing to hide, CBI chief should have been allowed to continue. Of the CVC’s allegations on Alok Verma, 6 were outright false, as found by the SC. The rest of the allegations too were based on circumstantial evidence,” Sharma added.
Verma Did Not Function With Integrity in Various Instances: Panel
The panel took into account the extremely serious nature of observations made by the CVC against Alok Verma, ANI reported quoting sources. The panel was reportedly of the view that being the head of a very sensitive organisation, Verma was not functioning with the integrity expected of him.
ANI also reported that the CVC found evidence that Verma influenced the investigation in the Moin Qureshi case taking Rs 2 crore bribe. According to the news agency’s sources, Alok Verma’s conduct in the case has been found suspicious by the CVC and it felt there is a prima facie case against him.
According to sources quoted by ANI, in the IRCTC case, CVC felt it can be reasonably concluded that Alok Verma deliberately excluded a name from the FIR, for reasons best known to him.
The CVC also reportedly found evidence against him in several other cases and instances of wilful non-production of record.
The committee also reportedly took note of Alok Verma’s alleged attempts to induct officers of doubtful integrity. ANI also reported that Verma was given an opportunity to present his case before the CVC, in presence of Retired Justice Patnaik.
Mandate of the panel headed by the prime minister is limited to the appointment of CBI chief and the transfer of CBI chief. The panel felt that as a detailed investigation, including criminal investigation, was necessary, Verma’s continuation as CBI Director was not desirable, according to sources quoted by ANI.
Alok Verma Appointed DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard
After his removal as CBI Director, Alok Verma has been appointed as DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard.
CBI Additional Director M Nageshwar Rao Appointed Interim CBI Director
CBI Additional Director M Nageshwar Rao will look after the duties of the CBI director till a new director is appointed, or until further orders, reported ANI
No Sufficient Material to Probe Allegations: Kharge
CVC did not sufficient material to probe the allegations, Kharge said, according to reports.
According to Kharge’s dissent note, out of ten allegations against Verma, six were found to be unsubstantiated or false by the CVC. Four allegations were found to be in need of further investigation, as an inconclusive finding was arrived at.
Elementary to Give a Chance to Defend Oneself: Subramanian Swamy
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy backed the ousted CBI Director Alok Verma and questioned the difficulty in asking Alok Verma to defend himself, speaking with Times Now.
“It’s elementary that whenever a charge is made against somebody, he should be given a chance to defend himself,” he said, defending Alok Verma.
We Have to Respect the Decision of the Committee: Gaurav Bhatia
BJP Spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said that we have to respect the decision of the Selection Committee, speaking with India Today.
PM Modi Afraid of Rafale Investigation: Congress
The Congress slammed Prime Minister Modi and said that he is afraid of an investigation into the Rafale scam.
Outcome of Meeting Pre-Decided: Kharge
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge who was also part of the PM Modi-led Selection Committee, said that the outcome was ‘pre-decided,’ to India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai.
“Modi and Sikri were hell bent to go by the CVC’s version. There was no fresh material presented at the meeting, as it went only by the CVC report,” he added, referring to Justice AK Sikri, the Supreme Court judge representing Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
Desperate Act to Prevent Rafale Investigation: Prashant Bhushan
Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan slammed the PM Modi-led Panel’s decision to remove Alok Verma as CBI Director. He claimed that this is a desperate act to hamper the investigation in the Rafale scam.
This Is a Conspiracy Against Alok Verma: Abhishek Singhvi
Congress Spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said that the move to remove Alok Verma as CBI Director is a conspiracy by the Prime Minister’s Office.
Alok Verma Ousted As the CBI Director by PM Modi-led Panel
Alok Verma removed as the CBI director by the PM Modi-led High Power Committee.
CBI SP Mohit Gupta To Probe Corruption Case on Rakesh Asthana
CBI Chief Alok Verma appoints 2006 batch IPS officer Mohit Gupta as the probe officer in Rakesh Asthana’s corruption case
Delhi HC to Pronounce Verdict On Bribery FIR Against Asthana On Friday
The Delhi High Court will pronounce the verdict on pleas of CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana and others seeking to quash bribery FIR against them on Friday, 11 January.
Alok Verma Orders Transfer of Five More CBI Officers
A day after resuming office, CBI Director Alok Verma ordered the transfer of five more CBI officers on Thursday, 10 January.
While ANI reported that JD Ajay Bhatnagar, DIG MK Sinha, DIG Tarun Gauba, JD Murugesan & AD AK Sharma are the five officers who were transferred, TOI reported that the supervisory officers in Rakesh Asthana probe, Tarun Gauba and Murugesan have been retained.
Meeting of PM Modi-Led Panel on Alok Verma Begins
The PM Modi-led High Power Committee meeting, which will decide the fate of Alok Verma is underway.
Suspended DSP Devendra Kumar Moves Delhi HC
Suspended DSP Devender Kumar has approached the Delhi High Court against Verma’s decision to reverse transfer of officers.
Officer, Who Probed Asthana, Offers to Recuse Himself
CBI DIG MK Sinha, who was supervising a probe against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, has recused himself from taking charge of the investigation, officials said Thursday.
In a fresh reshuffle ordered by CBI Director Alok Verma who resumed duty Wednesday after 77 days-long forced leave, Sinha was given charge of banking, securities and frauds cell, and AC-III unit, which is probing a corruption case against Asthana, the officials in the know told PTI, requesting anonymity.
Section 4 & 5 of Transfer Order Not Withdrawn
The official statement from CBI director Alok Verma, who on Wednesday, 9 January, revoked transfer orders made by M Nageswara Rao who was appointed as interim CBI Director said that Section 4 and 5 of transfer orders not withdrawn.
CBI Director Alok Verma Revokes Most Transfer Orders Issued by Interim Chief
CBI Director Alok Verma has revoked most of the transfer orders issued by the then director in-charge M Nageshwar Rao, officials said, reported PTI.
High-Powered Selection Panel Meet on Alok Verma Ends Inconclusively
The High Powered Committee meet comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Justice AK Sikri and leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, has ended inconclusively, according to CNN-News18.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had recused himself from the committee, and instead nominated Justice AK Sikri.
Alok Verma Resumes Charge
A day after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the CBI director, he resumed charge of the investigating agency on Wednesday, 9 January.
Verma was out of office for 77 days following the Centre’s order divesting him of powers.
Alok Verma on Way to CBI Headquarters
CBI chief Alok Verma is on his way to the CBI headquarters in New Delhi, reported ANI.
CBI Chief Was Removed Because He Was Probing Rafale: Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that CBI Director Alok Verma was divested of his powers as he was probing the Rafale deal.
“CBI chief was removed at 1 am in the night because he was about to begin an investigation in the Rafale scam. Now that he has been reinstated, some justice has been done. Now let’s see what happens,” he said.
Arun Jaitley Twisting Words After CBI Verdict Setback: Kapil Sibal
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal trained guns at Union Minister Arun Jaitley, saying that the Finance Ministry was twisting words after the Alok Verma verdict.
“Midnight operation to remove CBI Director had an objective, it was to not let Alok Verma function. The operation failed, the decision of both Centre and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) was held unconstitutional by SC,” he said.
‘Court Stood up for Independence of Institutions’: Senior Lawyer Sanjay Hegde
Senior lawyer Sanjay Hegde hailed the SC verdict on Alok Verma, and said that the court stood up for the integrity and the independence of institutions in the country.
Took Decision Recommended By CVC, Says Jaitley
After the Supreme Court on Tuesday, 8 January set aside government’s decision of divesting Alok Verma of his powers and reinstated him as the CBI director, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said that the decision was taken after recommendations by the CVC.
“Supreme Court apparently has strengthened the immunity given to CBI director in larger interest of fair and impartial investigation. Therefore in accordance with direction of SC, orders will be complied with and the government will act in the same manner,” he said.
He also said that the government has no stand on the court’s order of not allowing Verma to take any policy decisions till a decision by the statutory committee.
Govt Had Taken Action After Recommendations By CVC: Jaitley
After the SC set aside government’s decision of divesting CBI director Alok Verma of his powers, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said that the decision was taken after recommendations by the CVC.
“The government had taken this action of sending two senior officers of the CBI on leave on the recommendation of the CVC,” he said.
SC Order Won’t Stop Verma From Registering FIRs: Prashant Bhushan
Hinting at the alleged Rafale deal scam, senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan took to Twitter to say that although the SC order stops Alok Verma from taking any major policy decisions, it will not stop him from registering FIRs and dealing with investigations.
‘Time for Govt to Stop Misusing Powers’: Mehbooba Mufti Welcomes SC Verdict
PDP leader and former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the SC verdict on Alok Verma and said that the Centre needs to stop misusing its influence.
CBI vs CBI: It’s a Lesson For the Government, Says Mallikarjun Kharge
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the verdict in Alok Verma’s case is a lesson for the government.
“We’re not against one individual. We welcome SC’s judgement. It’s a lesson for the government. Today you’ll use these agencies to pressurise people, tomorrow somebody else will, what will happen to democracy then?” he said.
Modi First PM to Have ‘Illegal Order’ Set Aside by SC: Surjewala
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala took to Twitter to say this is the first time the Supreme Court has set aside an “illegal order” by a prime minister.
CBI vs CBI: SC Order Direct Indictment of the PM, Says Arvind Kejriwal
AAP leader and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to welcome the verdict and called it a “direct indictment of the PM.”
Welcome SC Verdict on Alok Verma: Congress
The Congress on Tuesday took to Twitter to welcome the Supreme Court verdict reinstating Alok Verma as the CBI director.
Centre Should Have Consulted Selection Committee Before Verma’s Removal: SC
Supreme Court, while pronouncing the verdict in Alok Verma’s case, said that the government should have referred to the Select Committee consisting of the Chief Justice of India, Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition to initiate Alok Verma’s removal.
The apex court also said that any further decision against Verma would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints CBI Director.
SC Sets Aside Nageshwar Rao’s Appointment as Interim Chief
According to PTI, the court also set aside appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim chief of CBI.
SC Reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, 8 January reinstated Alok verma as the CBI director, setting aside order passed by government divesting Verma of his powers.
, the High Power Committee under DSPE Act is ordered to act within a week to consider his case. However, till final decision of statutory committee, he cannot take major policy decision.
“Statute Would Have Spelt it Out if Interim Measures Were Permisible”: Court
The court cannot be oblivious to the directions contained in Vineet Narain judgment, said the court according to
. The court also said that the word “transfer” cannot be given its normal meaning and it has to be understood as encompassing acts affecting the functioning of the CBI Director.
The court further said that the statute would have spelt it out if interim measures against CBI Director were permissible,
Pronouncement of Judgment in Alok Verma’s Case Commences
Pronouncement of judgment in Alok Verma’s case commences in Supreme Court, according to
Judgment To Be Delivered in the Absence of CJI
A court order stated that the judgment in CBI Director Alok Verma’s case will be delived by Justice Sanjay Kaul due to the unavailability of CJI Gogoi.
CBI vs CBI: Govt’s Credibility and State of Institutions at Stake
The recent furore within the CBI has brought the country to a very critical juncture where we are staring at a question on the functioning of legal bodies and institutions in our country. The second biggest challenge is whether that political capital – accumulated enormously within the current government’s reach – will get demonetised.
CBI Infighting: Asthana, Verma, Qureshi – Here Are the Key Players
From Rakesh Asthana to Alok Verma to Satish Babu Sana to Moin Qureshi – Here is a closer look at the key players in the CBI vs CBI controversy
Graphic Novel: Explaining the Drama at the ‘Comic Bureau of India’
India’s ‘premier investigating agency’, Central Bureau of Investigation, or CBI, is buzzing with all the wrong news lately. CBI Director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana are warring, the government is allegedly taking sides, third party interventions are suspected, and the Opposition is lapping up this ill-timed controversy. Honestly, it’s all very confusing.
Here’s an explainer, from a parallel universe, about different people. Any resemblance to any person or organisation is definitely a co-incidence.
CBI vs CBI: SC Verdict on 8 January
The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce verdict on CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma’s plea against the Centre’s decision to divest him of his powers and sending him on leave on Tuesday, 8 January.
The Centre had taken a decision against Verma and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana after their feud had become public as they had made allegations of corruption against each other.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on 6 December reserved its judgment after hearing arguments on behalf of Verma, the Centre, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and others.
The court had also heard the plea moved by NGO Common Cause which had sought a court-monitored SIT probe into the allegations of corruption against various CBI officials, including Special Director Rakesh Asthana.