New CBI Director: PM led panel to meet on Jan 24

New CBI Director: PM led panel to meet on Jan 24


A day after Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge asked Prime Minister to bring key documents relating to sacked CBI chief Alok Verma into public domain, it has been decided that the PM led panel to choose the new CBI Direcctor will meet on January 24.

The Panel entrusted with the task of picking a successor to Alok Verma comprises Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Leader of the Opposition. It is not yet clear whether Chief Justice, Ranjan Gogoi, will attend the meet. He did not attend the last meeting of the Panel, held on January 10, which decided to remove Verma from the post of CBI Director. Chief Justice Gogoi recused himself as he was part of the bench which passed the order to reinstate Verma. CJI nominated Justice Sikri, had cast the deciding vote to remove Verma with 48 hours of his reinstatement.

The decision to remove Verma by the Panel was based on a report by the Central Vigilance Commission on allegations against Verma. The Panel said that the officer had not acted with the integrity expected of him. Leader of the Opposition Kharge dissented stating that the main allegations against Verma were unsubstantiated. Kharge has asked the Prime Minister that the report by Justice A.K. Patnaik, who monitored the investigation be made public along with CVC report. Earlier Justice Patnaik had said that there was no evidence of corruption against Verma and that the action of the Panel was very, very hasty.