Alok Verma's comments on his removal

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11 Jan 2019

Alok Verma: Was removed on frivolous grounds; CBI under attack

After Alok Verma was removed by the PM Modi-led selection committee within two days of his reinstatement by the Supreme Court, the former CBI Director has spoken up about his removal.

Speaking to press, Verma said that he had been removed on frivolous grounds and that the CBI as an institution was under attack.

Here are the details.

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What Verma had to say about his removal

What Verma had to say about his removal

Commenting on his removal, Verma has said that he was ousted on the basis of "false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person", who was "inimical" to him.

While Verma did not take names, it is understood that the person being referred to here is none other that CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

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Attempts have been made to destroy CBI's integrity

Verma added that the CBI was an investigative agency that had the responsibility of "dealing in corruption in high places" and thus it was necessary to "preserve and protect" its independence.

The former CBI Director also said that he had "tried to uphold the integrity of the institution while attempts were being made to destroy it."

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Verma: Will stand up for the CBI again, if needed

"I have been transferred to another post pursuant to the orders of the [selection] committee...I have stood up for the integrity of the institution, and if asked, will do it again in order to uphold the rule of law," concluded Verma.

Backstory

Backstory: Verma's second innings had lasted just two days

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had set aside Verma's removal by the Central government, and had reinstated him as the CBI in-charge.

Verma began his second innings by trying to rescind the transfer orders of 13 officials who had been transferred by Interim Director M Nageswara Rao.

However, Verma's joy was cut short when the PM Modi-led selection committee ousted him on Thursday.

Selection committee

There was disagreement within the selection committee over Verma's removal

However, the selection committee did not unanimously oust Verma - of the three-member panel, PM Modi, Justice A K Sikri wanted Verma out, while Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge voiced objections.

Kharge's dissent note claimed that only three of the 10 allegations against Verma were "substantiated", and that there was "no evidence" of Verma having taken bribes, as alleged by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

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When was Alok Verma removed as CBI Director?

Asked 2019-01-11 11:51:28 by Devansh Sengupta

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Verma was removed by the Central government at around 2am on October 24.

Why had the Center removed Verma?

Asked 2019-01-11 11:51:28 by Paridhi Das

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During Supreme Court hearings on the case, the Center said that it was forced to remove both Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana because their internal feud had spilled over into public view, and was thus affecting the image and reputation of the CBI in the eyes of the public.

Why did the Supreme Court reinstate Verma?

Asked 2019-01-11 11:51:28 by Aaryan Mukopadhyay

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Verma was reinstated by the Supreme Court on the grounds that procedure was not followed - to remove a CBI Director, the Center government cannot pass an arbitrary order. The decision has to be taken by a selection committee comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition, and a high-ranking judge.

What was the feud between Asthana and Verma about?

Asked 2019-01-11 11:51:28 by Aadhya Mittal

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Verma had initially alleged that Asthana had been paid Rs. 3.88cr in connection with the Sterling Biotech case. While filing charges against Asthana, the CBI then alleged that Rs. 3cr had been paid to the Special Director as bribes. Asthana, on his part, complained to the Cabinet Secretary, listing over a dozen charges against Verma, including charges of bribery in the Moin Qureshi case.

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