Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition Mr. Mallikarjuna Kharge on 3rd day of November, 2018 Saturday moved the Hon’ble Supreme Court seeking direction against the removal of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Mr. Alok Verma.
He also prayed for quashing of the October 23 order of the Central Vigilance Commission and that of the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training divesting CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma on the ground that the same was passed in derogation of powers conferred upon the Statutory Committee under the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act.
Mr. Kharge, who is also on the three-member statutory committee, said that the orders dated 23rd October, 2018 were passed in violation of powers conferred upon the Statutory Committee under Section 4A and 4B of the DSPE Act which provides that the Director of CBI shall be appointed on the recommendations of the statutory committee and transferred also only with its consent.
In his application, Mr. Kharge stated that the act is, ‘completely illegal, arbitrary, punitive, without jurisdiction’. Subsequently, on the 24th day of October 2018 in the midnight, the central government Ministry divested CBI chief Alok Verma of his charge and Joint Director M. Nageshwar Rao was asked to take charge as interim chief with immediate effect.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) took after the decision following an escalation of a tussle between CBI chief Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations hurled at each other. Politician Rahul Gandhi claimed that Alok Verma removed by PM Modi because he wants to conceal about the corruption of Rafale fighter jet deal.
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