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Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI director

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that Alok Verma should be reinstated as director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana were both sent on leave in October amid a bitter feud between the CBI’s top two. The government argued that it had no option but to send both officers on leave since they were fighting like “kilkenny cats”.

Mr Verma challenged the move saying it went against the rules that mandate that the CBI chief has two years in office. An NGO, Common Cause, also filed a petition against the government’s move, and the court bunched the two together. The top court, however, restrained Verma from taking any major policy decision till the necessary selection committee has disposed off his case.

The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph ruled that Verma is not to take any major policy decisions until his case is finally disposed off by the Selection Committee under Section 4A of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act.

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