New Delhi: There was ‘no evidence of corruption’ against the former CBI director Alok Verma and the decision of the Prime Minister-led selection committee to oust him from his post was taken in haste, said Justice A K Patnaik, the retired Supreme Court judge who was asked by the top court to supervise the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) enquiry.
Patnaik added,”None of the findings in the CVC’s report are mine.” Speaking to a leading news channel, the former SC judge said that the investigation against Verma was entirely based on the complaint of his deputy, CBI special director Rakesh Asthana.
Alok Verma was removed as CBI director unceremoniously on Thursday, two days after he was reinstated as the agency’s chief by the Supreme Court which quashed the Centre’s October 23 order of sending him, along with deputy Special Director Rakesh Asthana, on forced leave to stop the ‘kilkenny cat fight’ between them. After being ousted, Verma had claimed that he was transferred on the basis of ‘false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations’.
On Friday, Verma, whose fixed tenure of two years was to end on January 31, refused to take charge as Director General Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards, under the Union Home Ministry.
Refusing to accept the new role, Verma in a statement said,”Natural justice was scuttled and the entire process was turned upside down in ensuring that the undersigned is removed from the post of the Director.”
“… Also, it may be noted that the undersigned would have already superannuated as on July 31, 2017 and was only serving the government as Director, CBI, till January 31, 2019, as the same was a fixed tenure role. The undersigned is no longer Director, CBI, and has already crossed his superannuation age for DG Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards. Accordingly, the undersigned may be deemed as superannuated with effect from today,” Verma said in his letter to Personnel Secretary Chandramouli C.
Notably, Verma is the first chief in the 55-years of the CBI’s history to face such action.