Alok Verma not "terminated": Markandey Katju reveals Justice Sikri's role
A select panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and including Justice Sikri as well as Mallikarjun Kharge took the decision on Thursday.
As the controversial sacking garnered attention, Justice Sikri was questioned.
Justice Sikri was given the job by CJI Ranjan Gogoi
It should be noted Justice Sikri was appointed in the high-powered committee by CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
Since PM Modi's government divested Verma of his powers in October 2018 and Kharge seemed bent to oppose the Centre, the veto power lied with Justice Sikri.
He voted in favor of Verma's ouster.
To understand Justice Sikri's stand, Katju reportedly called him up.
Setting record straight: Here's what Justice Sikri revealed
Katju wrote he took Justice Sikri's permission before putting out details of their conversation.
Justice Sikri informed that CVC found Verma guilty on some charges. Before recording its prima facie findings, CVC had given a hearing to Verma, Katju revealed in the post.
After going through CVC findings, Justice Sikri opined that until matter's investigation reaches conclusion, Verma should be transferred to another post.
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Justice Sikri felt Verma's removal would be for the best
"Justice Sikri was of opinion that until matter was fully investigated and a final decision given about the guilt or innocence of Verma he should not remain on the post of Director, CBI but should be shifted to another post equivalent in rank," Katju wrote.
As widely believed, Verma wasn't terminated: Katju
Further, Katju said Verma has neither been terminated from his services nor has he been suspended.
He has been transferred to an equivalent post and will retain his salary and perks, Katju wrote.
About allegations that Verma wasn't given a chance, Katju wrote, "It is a settled principle that even suspension can be done without giving the accused a hearing."
Katju also slammed media for how matter was handled
Katju added people can be suspended pending inquiry, but can't be dismissed.
"Verma has not even been suspended, far less dismissed. He has only been transferred to an equivalent post," he revealed.
On Twitter, the former judge slammed media and asked why was Justice Sikri not contacted by anyone.
"I think most Indian media is fake news," he tweeted.
Speaking on ouster, Verma claimed CBI is under attack
Meanwhile, Verma spoke about his ouster and claimed he was removed on frivolous grounds. He added the CBI was under attack.
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 didn't take names, he was obviously referring to Rakesh Asthana, his deputy at the agency.
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