CBI meet spills over to today

New Delhi: The meeting of the high-powered selection committee, which will decide the fate of CBI director Alok Kumar Verma, remained inconclusive on Wednesday. Now, it will meet again on Thursday evening after all the three committee members have studied the CVC report on corruption charges against Verma. Committee member Malli-karjun Kharge, the third member on the panel, insisted on not taking any de-cision until the CVC probe report has been vetted.

Earlier in the day, CJI Ranjan Gogoi named Justice A K Sikri, no 2 in the court, as his nominee on the selection panel. Kharge, it is understood, wanted the PM to hold the meeting after two or three days, but the latter reportedly rejected his demand. Modi told him that Verma must assume his full powers immediately, if he has to function effectively, and so he called the meeting on Wednesday itself, instead of within seven days, as stipulated in the Apex Court judgment.

The CJI is believed to have forwarded to the panel as also to Justice Sikri, who is due for retirement on March 6, the inquiry reports of the Central Vigilance Commission it had received in a sealed cover on, October 26 and November 12. The 3-judge Bench headed by CJI Gogoi had ordered the CVC probe but later preferred not to look into the charges and send the report to the panel, so that it could take a decision. In a related development, Verma resumed duty and reportedly reversed all transfers effected by the acting Director on the day he was removed from the post.

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