Panel Removes CBI Director Alok Verma On CVC Recommendation Of Criminal Probe Against Him

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New Delhi: An official familiar with the details of the report who asked not to be named said that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in its inquiry report recommended a criminal probe against ousted Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma terming his conduct suspicious in the Moin Qureshi case.

The commission, chief vigilance commissioner KV Chowdary and two vigilance commissioners, Sharad Kumar and TM Bhasin, also said he tried to induct “tainted” officials in the agency despite adverse reports on them from his own officials.

Vigilance commissioner Sharad Kumar briefed the PM-led selection panel on Wednesday on the inquiry conducted by the vigilance commission, the official added. Sharad Kumar didn’t respond to phone call and messages seeking comment.

The main inquiry report ran into around 60 pages, with an additional 200 pages of annexures. According to a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be named, the report lists around 10 charges against Verma, of which it found substance in five, said two needed further investigation, and couldn’t substantiate three.

The inquiry was conducted on the basis of a complaint from CBI special director Rakesh Asthana to cabinet secretary PK Sinha on August 24 . Sinha forwarded the complaint to CVC . Verma was first removed as the CBI chief on October 23 on the charges of not cooperating with CVC in its inquiry. Verma challenged his removal in the Supreme Court which asked CVC to conduct an inquiry on the basis of Asthana’s complaint and submit a report.

While ordering his conditional reinstatement on Tuesday, the top court asked the selection panel consisting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India (CJI) or a SC judge nominated by him (CJI nominated Justice AK Sikri) and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge (in his capacity as leader of the single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha), to consider the report and take a call on Verma.

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