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CBI vs CBI: Decision to send Alok Verma on leave based on CVC recommendation, says Arun Jaitley

Jaitley, who speaking to reporters in the Parliament complex after the Supreme Court gave orders to reinstate CBI director Alok Verma, said the government would comply with the orders of the apex court.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: January 08, 2019 14:24 IST
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday, presenting the government's stance on the Supreme Court judgement reinstating Alok Verma as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, said that Verma and Rakesh Asthana were sent on leave to save the credibility of the CBI.

Jaitley, while speaking to reporters in the Parliament complex after the Supreme Court gave orders to reinstate CBI director Alok Verma, said the government would comply with the orders of the apex court. 

"The government took this decision to protect the integrity of the CBI...Government took the action of sending two senior officers of CBI on leave on CVC's recommendation," he said, referring to the decision to send Verma and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana on leave.

He said the court has referred the matter to the committee to decide on the issue within one week.

"The court apparently has strengthened the immunity given to the CBI director in the larger interest of the fair and impartial working of the CBI. At the same time, the court has devised an accountability mechanism. The directions of the court will obviously be complied with," he said. 

The Supreme Court reinstated Verma, setting aside the Centre's decision to divest him of his powers, but restrained him from taking any major policy decision till the CVC probe into corruption charges against him is over.

The apex court said any further decision against Verma, who was sent on leave following the Centre's October 23 decision and retires on January 31, would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the CBI director.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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