Giving a big relief to CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma, the Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated and quashed the Centre’s decision divesting him of his powers and sending him on leave.
Verma’s two year tenure comes to an end on January 31. The CBI director had challenged the government’s decision to send him on leave and divest him of his duties.
Pronouncing the unanimous judgement authored by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi but read by Justice S K Kaul as CJI was unavailable during the preceedings said, “There is no provision in law which permit the government to divest the CBI director of his powers and functions without prior consent from the high powered select committee.”
However, the top court, restrained Verma from taking any major policy decision till the Central Vigilance Commission inquiry is over.
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.
CBI Director Verma has been accused by CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana of taking bribe from a Hyderabad-based businessman being investigated by the agency. Verma has accused Asthana of the same crime.