Selection Panel Meet to Discuss Charges Against CBI Director Alok Verma Ends Inconclusively; Next Hearing Scheduled on January 10
CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma (Photo Credits: IANS/File)

New Delhi, January 9: The selection panel meeting which was held to discuss charges against Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Alok Verma has ended inconclusively. The second round of meeting is scheduled for tomorrow at 4: 30 PM. The selection panel was comprised of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Justice A.K. Sikri and leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge. Earlier in the day, Chief Justice of india Ranjan Gogoi nominated Justice Sikri’s name to the panel. Verma’s reply was handed over to the members of the panel.

The panel discussed the Central Vigilance Commission’s (CVC) report on the bribery and graft charges against Verma. The CBI Chief’s reply and the CVC report was handed over to the panel members. Verma on Wednesday took charge as CBI Director days after being sent on leave by the CVC. Yesterday, the Supreme Court reinstated the CBI director setting aside the Centre's decision to divest him of his powers, but restrained him from taking any major policy decision till the CVC probe into corruption charges against him is over.

The apex court said any further decision against Verma, who was sent on leave following the Centre's October 23 decision and retires on January 31, would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the CBI director. Justice Kaul, who pronounced the judgment on behalf of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said that the selection committee would meet within seven days from Tuesday and till then Verma will refrain from taking any important policy decisions.