Alok Verma, who was reinstated as CBI chief by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, is likely to join office on Wednesday. While Congress welcomed the verdict, BJP said the decision to transfer him was
New Delhi: Reinstated Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Alok Verma joined the office on
Wednesday morning. This is after 77 days that he would be joining work. Verma is slated to retire on
January 31. While he cannot make policy decisions, he has been authorised to carry out routine works
including transfers, the continuation of ongoing probes and filing FIRs in news cases. The Supreme
Court, on Tuesday, reinstated Verma as CBI director and quashed his transfer which was carried out by
the government in an unprecedented overnight decision.
Verma, along with CBI special director Rakesh Asthana, were sent on a long leave after the two officers
locked horns over charges of corruption. The government had appointed M Nageswara Rao as the interim
CBI chief. Verma is likely to take a call on the transfers initiated by Rao. The court, while
reinstating Verma, clipped his wings and said that he cannot take any policy decision. The Congress and
the opposition parties welcomed the SC verdict and said that it was a ‘slap’ on the government.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who called the verdict ‘balanced’, said that the government’s decision
to send Verma was ‘bonafide’ given that it was based on the CVC recommendation.
“We deem it proper to direct that Verma, Director CBI, upon reinstatement, will cease and desist from
taking any major policy decisions till the decision of the committee permitting such actions and
decisions becomes available within the time frame indicated,” a three-judge bench headed by Chief
Justice Ranjan Gogoi said while setting aside October 23 order of the CVC.