Justice AK Sikri To Be Part of Selection Committee With PM Narendra Modi and LOP Mallikarjun Kharge to Decide on CBI Director Alok Verma
CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma (Photo credit: IANS)

New Delhi, January 9: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has nominated Justice AK Sikri as a member of the Selection Committee that will look into the allegations against Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma. The Selection Committee also includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. This comes a day after the Supreme Court reinstated Verma as CBI Director and asked the Modi government to let the Selection Committee decide on his fate.

Verma on Wednesday took charge as CBI Director days after being sent on leave by the CVC. Verma resumed charge after the apex court reinstated him as CBI chief. Alok Verma Reinstated as CBI Director by Supreme Court: Highlights of SC Verdict.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside the Centre's order to divest Verma from his charge as head of the investigating agency, issued i\on the intervening night of October 23-24. While the apex court reinstated Alok Verma as CBI director, it held he cannot take any major policy decision.

The court in its verdict said the government should have referred to the selection committee. Justice Kaul, who pronounced the judgment on behalf of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said that the selection committee will meet within seven days from Tuesday and till then Verma will refrain from taking any important policy decisions. Verma’s two-year tenure as CBI Director ends on January 31.