‘Trans­fer of Verma as DG Fire wrong’

NGO moves SC, de­mands quash­ing of Rao’s ap­point­ment as in­terim CBI chief

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - | POLITICS POLICY - NEWS NET­WORK M Nagesh­war Rao’s


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.

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