Alok Verma is back from forced leave. The Supreme Court reinstated him. He immediately undid the transfer of officers. This includes those who were thought to be close to him. They had been shunted out and were involved in probing his estranged number two, special director Rakesh Asthana.
Alok Verma cancels transfers of loyalists
Those whose transfers were rescinded included Deputy SP A K Bassi, superintendent of police S S Gurm, DIG M K Sinha and joint director A K Sharma. These officers were investigating Asthana at the time the government sent him and Verma on leave after their long-simmering feud burst into the open.
Verma’s decision indicates that he is ready to take on the government. He is willing to argue that the transfers do not violate the “cease and desist” order of the SC that asked him not to take any policy decisions. The move to bring back the officers, even as the Central Vigilance Commission on allegations levelled against him by Asthana have not been disposed of, indicates he is ready for a showdown.
However, the CBI director may not be able to initiate action on the complaint filed by lawyer Prashant Bhushan and former BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie in the Rafale deal. That is because the SC has given a clean chit to the transaction.
It was DIG M K Sinha who had, in a petition in the SC, named national security advisor, Ajit K Doval, minister of state Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary and CVC K V Chowdhury as attempting to influence the CBI’s functioning. Bassi, Gurm, Sinha and Sharma have been brought have been brought back to the HQ. This also means that the probe against Asthana could be accelerated since Verma’s tenure ends on January 31.
Alok Verma had stated that divesting him of powers by the government on the recommendation of the CVC was arbitrary and illegal. What do you think?
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