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  • 10:53 PM IST

    CBI Crisis Live Updates: Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan Thursday wondered if IPS officer Alok Verma was shunted out as CBI director as he allegedly was going to probe the Rafale jet deal.

  • 9:06 PM IST

    CBI Crisis Live Updates: Congress addresses press conference over removal of CBI Director Alok Verma.

  • 8:48 PM IST
    CBI Crisis Live Updates: “Why so much hurry to remove Alok Verma ? There can be something else than what appears on the surface !!” tweets former AAP leader Ashutosh.

    CBI is another thriller ! If film is made it will be super hit !!!, he added.

  • 8:44 PM IST

    CBI Crisis Live Updates: Mandate of the Selection Panel headed by PM is limited to appointment of CBI chief, and transfer of CBI chief. Committee felt that as a detailed investigation, including criminal investigation, was necessary, Verma’s continuation as CBI Director was not desirable, ANI quoted sources as saying.

  • 8:41 PM IST
    CBI Crisis Live Updates: CBI Additional Director, M. Nageshwar Rao will look after the duties of the Director, CBI till the appointment of a new Director, or until further orders
  • 8:40 PM IST
    CBI Crisis Live Updates: Committee also took note of Alok Verma’s attempts to induct officers of doubtful integrity. In response to the insinuation that he was not given a chance to be heard, he was given an opportunity to present his case before the CVC, in presence of Retd. Justice Patnaik
  • 8:39 PM IST

    CBI Crisis Live Updates: In the IRCTC case, CVC felt it can be reasonably concluded that Alok Verma deliberately excluded a name from FIR, for reasons best known to him.The CVC found evidence against him in several other cases as well. CVC also found instances of wilful non-production of record, reports ANI

  • 8:35 PM IST

    CBI Crisis Live Updates: CVC found evidence of influencing of investigation in Moin Qureshi case. There was also evidence of taking of bribe of Rs. 2 crore. CVC said Alok Verma’s conduct in the case is suspicious, and there is a prima facie case against him, reported ANI

  • 8:34 PM IST
    CBI Crisis Live Updates: The panel took into account the extremely serious nature of observations made by the CVC against Alok Verma. The panel was of the view, that being the head of a very sensitive organisation, Verma was not functioning with the integrity expected of him, according to ANI.
  • 8:32 PM IST

    CBI Crisis Live Updates: The Selection Panel has recommended the transfer of Alok Verma as CBI Chief. The ACC has subsequently posted Alok Verma as DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence, and Home Guards, reported news agency ANI

New Delhi: The high-powered selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday sacked Alok Verma as the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Verma, a 1979-batch AGMUT cadre IPS officer, has been removed from the high-profile post on the charges of corruption and dereliction of duty making him the first chief in the history of the agency to face such action, officials said.

According to news agency PTI, Verma is likely to be posted in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

There were eight counts of charges against him in the CVC report presented before the Committee also comprising Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A K Sikri, appointed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The decision for the removal was taken by a 2:1 majority with PM Modi and Justice Sikri agreeing with the CVC report while Kharge opposing the move. The Congress leader gave dissenting note for the second time on Verma’s ouster.

The major development comes two days after the Supreme Court reinstated Verma as CBI Director quashing the Centre’s unprecedented “overnight” order in which he was stripped of his power and sent on leave along with his deputy after they traded corruption charges sparking a bitter feud.

The court, however, clipped Verma’s wings saying he cannot take any major policy decision till the high-powered committee, which selects the CBI chief, decides on his continuation since the Central Vigilance Commission(CVC) is probing charges of corruption against him.

Hours before being removed from the post, Verma had ordered transfers of five officers, including two Joint Directors, one Assistant Director and two Deputy Inspector Generals (DIG).

Those transferred included Joint Directors Ajay Bhatnagar and V. Murugesan, DIGs M.K. Sinha and Tarun Gauba and Assistant Director A.K. Sharma.

Retaining the team probing the corruption case against Special Director Rakesh Asthana, Verma appointed 2006 batch IPS officer Mohit Gupta to take charge of the investigation after Deputy Inspector General M K Sinha requested to recuse himself.

Hours after resuming office on Wednesday, he revoked most transfer orders issued by agency’s interim chief M Nageswara Rao.

The CBI chief and his deputy Special Director Rakesh Asthana were sent on the forced leave over two months ago to stop the “kilkenny cat fight” between them. They had accused each other of corruption.