‘Very hasty de­ci­sion to sack Verma’

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Jus­tice AK Pat­naik, who mon­i­tored the CVC probe against Alok Verma, said the panel took a “very very hasty” de­ci­sion in oust­ing the CBI chief. He also said the CVC re­port’s find­ings were not his |

JUS­TICE AK Pat­naik, the for­mer Supreme Court judge who mon­i­tored CVC probe against sacked CBI chief Alok Verma, on Satur­day said the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee took a very, very hasty de­ci­sion in oust­ing Verma.

“Even if the Supreme Court said that the high-power com­mit­tee must de­cide, the de­ci­sion was very, very, hasty. We are deal­ing with an in­sti­tu­tion here. They should have ap­plied their minds thor­oughly, es­pe­cially since a Supreme Court judge was there. What the CVC says can­not be the fi­nal word,” Jus­tice Pat­naik said.

He said the find­ings in the CVC re­port were not his and there was no ev­i­dence of cor- rup­tion against the for­mer CBI chief.

“There was no ev­i­dence against Verma re­gard­ing cor­rup­tion. The in­quiry was done on (CBI Spe­cial Di­rec­tor Rakesh) Asthana’s com­plaint. I have said in my re­port that none of the find­ings in the CVC’s re­port are mine,” he said.

The probe against Verma was based on the com­plaint of his deputy, Asthana, Jus­tice Pat­naik said.

On his role in the probe, he said, “The Supreme Court en­trusted me with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of su­per­vis­ing the CVC probe. So, I en­sured my pres­ence and also saw to it that (Satihsh) Sana ev­i­dence, among oth­ers, were looked into and the prin­ci­ples of nat­u­ral jus­tice ap­plied.”

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