As Supreme Court reinstates AlokVerma as CBI chief, Finance Minister ArunJaitley comes front and defends government stands over the issues.
The veteran lawyer of apex court and union cabinet minister asserted on Tuesday that the choice to send Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director AlokeVerma on leave as per advice of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). Jaitley asserted that the government’s aim behind taking the choice was solely to protest the CBI.
He added; “The action was taken absolutely bonafide as there have been cross-allegation created by each the officers and in accordance with recommendations of CVC. The government had felt that with in the larger interest of honest and impartial investigation and believability of CBI. The two officers should rescue themselves.”
Jaitley’s comment comes once the Supreme Court on Tuesday put aside the Centre’s decision to divest Verma from his duties and reinstated him at the highest post . The apex court turned the choice to appoint M Nageswar Rao as interim chief of CBI. Verma’s biennial tenure as CBI Director ends on January 31, this month.
Verma and CBI’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana were sent to forced leave when their feud had become public as they levelled allegations of corruption against one another. Verma had approached the SC difficult the government’s decision was slapped upon him. SC mentioned that the High Power Committee can got to think about the matter anew. It aforesaid that any more call against Verma would be taken by the high powered committee that selects and appoints the CBI Director.
Tuesday the apex court clearly stated that the intent of transfer these directions was to make sure complete insultation of CBI Director. The court also put aside the centre’s stand to appoint senior IPS officer M Nageswar Rao, whi was then joint director, before taking charge as CBI chief.