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Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday decided to opt out of the panel looking after the CBI director Alok Verma's case. He nominated justice AK Sikri as the third member of CBI's chief selection committee.
Justice AK Sikri to be part of the Selection Committee along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, to decide the case of CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma pic.twitter.com/fbb3GxorOM— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2019
Justice AK Sikri will be a part of the selection committee along with Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition that will now look into the report by the Central Vigilance Commission based on which the government asked CBI chief Alok Verma to proceed on leave.
CJI Gogoi will now be represented by Justice Sikri.
Earlier, on Tuesday the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director and set aside Centre's decision divesting him of his powers and sending him on leave.
The court, however, said that Verma won’t be allowed to take any major policy decisions until the Central Vigilance Commission inquiry is completed.
Reading out the verdict authored by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, judge SK Kaul says the CBI director has to be the role model of the agency’s independence.
On Alok Verna's pleas, Supreme Court said today that the government should have referred to the Selection Committee consisting of the Chief Justice of India, Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition to initiate Verma’s removal.
The top court on Tuesday also set aside the government’s notification to appoint senior IAS office M Nageswara Rao as the interim chief.