The Supreme Court on Tuesday, reinstated Alok Verma as CBI Director. Two months prior to this, the government had stripped him of his powers. He was sent on leave in a surprise midnight order on October 23.
However, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi overturned the Chief Vigilance Commission order recommending Verma’s removal and returned him to the post.
But the court has also ruled that Verma cannot make any key policy decisions. A committee comprising the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition and Chief Justice of India has to meet and take a decision on Verma’s status in a week.
Both Verma and his deputy, Rakesh Asthana, were divested of their powers in the CBI following a bitter fallout. Verma had challenged his removal in the apex court, saying the decision was against the rules that mandate that the CBI chief has two years in office.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said,“The court apparently has strengthened the immunity given to the CBI director in the larger interest of the fair and impartial working of the CBI. At the same time, the court has devised an accountability mechanism. The government will obviously comply with directions of the court.”