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'Make CVC Report On Alok Verma’, Mallikarjun Kharge Writes To PM Modi

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| January 15 , 2019 , 18:23 IST

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding him to bring in the public domain key documents related to sacked CBI chief Alok Verma, including the Central Vigilance Commission report and the details of the Selection Committee meeting and Justice A K Patnaik’s report on Verma on January 10 “so the public can draw its own conclusions in this matter.”

Kharge also questioned the appointment calling it of interim director of the CBI, M Nageswara Rao calling it “illegal” after Alok Verma’s exit, insisting that the appointment was neither covered under the law nor had it been vetted by the selection committee.

The selection committee is headed by Prime Minister and comprises Leader of Opposition and the Chief Justice of India or a Justice nominated by him, Justice A K Sikri had attended the January 10 meeting.

Kharge said in his letter, “The actions of the government in this matter indicate that it is scared of having the CBI headed by an independent Director. The government should come clean by releasing the CVC Report, the report of Justice (AK) Patnaik and the minutes of the meeting held on 10 January.”

“The removal of Alok Verma on 10th Jan 2019 was made without following either due process of law or the principles of natural justice,” Kharge writes in his two-page letter, adding that “a committee that consists of senior representatives of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary should not take a decision merely on a report prepared by an outside agency, howsoever competent without vetting that report and applying its own mind.”

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He said the government must call an immediate meeting of the Selection Committee to appoint a director without delay.