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Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led committee on Thursday axed Alok Verma as the chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) barely 48 hours after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court.
The decision came soon after the 2nd meeting of the committee which also included Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice AK Sikri, who was nominated by Chief Justice of India Rajan Gogoi to represent him.
According to media reports the committee said he "had not acted with the integrity expected of him". Verma lost his high-profile job just weeks before his retirement on January 31.
Talking on his removal from the CBI, Alok Verma said that he was transferred on the basis of false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person, who was trying to harm him.
It is learnt that Alok Verma, was a 1979-batch AGMUT cadre IPS officer, has been removed from the post on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty making him the first chief in the history of the agency to face such action, they said. According to a letter issued by the government, Verma has been posted as director general, fire and services, civil defence & home guards for the residual period of his present term, which ends on January 31 this year. The letter also said that M Nageshwar Rao will take over the duties of the director, CBI till the appointment of a new director.
There were eight counts of charges against Alok Verma in the CVC report presented before the committee. The decision for the removal was taken by a majority with Kharge opposing the move, they said. The high-powered panel had held its first meeting on Wednesday. The meeting was inconclusive.
Hitting out at the Congress over its attack on the Modi government following removal of CBI director Alok Verma on corruption charges, the BJP called it a "sore loser", saying the party has been left to lick its wounds "after failing to subvert the central probe agency by joining internal personal battles".