‘Transfer of Verma as DG Fire wrong’
NGO moves SC, demands quashing of Rao’s appointment as interim CBI chief
New Delhi: In a fresh twist to the raging CBI saga, Congress alleged on Monday that the PM-led selection committee’s decision to remove Alok Verma as CBI chief and appoint him director general of fire services was wrong because the prescribed age of superannuation for DG Fire Services is 60, whereas Verma will complete 62 years at the end of January.
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera accused the Modi government of leading what he said has now been reduced to a “banana republic” where the government was itself flouting prescribed norms with impunity. “Alok Verma completes 62 years of NGO
‘Common Cause’, which had challenged Alok Verma being divested of his powers as CBI director, on Monday moved the Supreme Court and sought quashing of appointment as interim CBI chief for the second time. The NGO’s petition, filed through advocates Prashant Bhushan and Rohit Singh, said handing over the CBI chief’s charge to Rao was “illegal, arbitrary, mala fide and in violation of Delhi Special Police Establishment Act” and in violation of court orders. It sought a direction to the Union government for appointment of a new CBI director following a transparent method and in accordance with the procedure established by law.
age at month end. It is only if he continues as CBI director that he gets a tenure of two years, regardless of his age. The post he was transferred to, however, does now allow for this concession.”
The fresh onslaught came as part of the Congress’s efforts to link the “unceremonious” removal of the CBI chief with the Modi government’s bid to put a lid on the controversy over the Rafale is- sue. In the context of allegations that Justice A K Sikri had accepted a post-retirement assignment in London as member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal — a position from which Justice Sikri withdrew his candidature after media reports surfaced — Congress president Rahul Gandhi also accused the government of “stooping” to unprecedented levels to cover up Rafale.
“When the scales of justice are tampered with, anarchy reigns. This PM will stop at nothing, stoop to anything & destroy everything, to cover up the #RafaleScam. He’s driven by fear. It’s this fear that is making him corrupt & destroying key institutions,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.