Supreme court of India reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director, big blow to NDA Government
In what could be termed as setback to the ruling NDA Government, the Supreme Court of India has reinstated Alok Verma as CBI Director, thus quashing the midnight order of Narendra Modi led Government relieving him from office and deputing Rakesh Asthana in October last year.
The Bench consisting of Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi and Justices, SK Kaul and KM Joseph pronounced that the Committee constituted under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act will have to look into the matter afresh and also added that Alok Verma will not take any key policy decisions till then. What is more, the Committee has been allowed one week’s time to consider the case. In fact, the SC Bench gave verdict on two petitions, one filed by Alok Verma and the other by NGO Common Cause, challenging the Union Government’s decision.
At the time of hearing, the Union Government argued that both Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana were fighting like Kilkenny cats, leaving it with little option other than to send Verma on leave. In turn, the Court felt that the in-fighting between the two CBI officers did not happen overnight to warrant a swift action. Furthermore, the SC also questioned the haste with which the Government swung into action before even consulting the Selection Committee.
As soon as the verdict was pronounced by the SC, sharp reactions came from different quarters. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief, Arvind Kejriwal Tweeted: “SC reinstating CBI director Alok Verma is a direct indictment of the PM. Modi govt has ruined all institutions and democracy in our country. Wasn’t CBI director illegally removed at midnight to stall the probe in Rafale scam which directly leads to PM himself?”
The official handle of Congress party, @INIndia said, “We welcome the Supreme Court’s verdict lambasting the government against their illegal removal of Alok Verma as CBI Director. The SC has reinstated Alok Verma as director.”