Alok Verma trashes allegations against him

Former CBI director Alok Verma, who was sacked from the premier Indian investigation agency, for the first time in post-Independence period, trashed allegation shown as basis for this drastic action by the high-powered three-member committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra  Modi.

It may be recalled that actions against him are being taken by the government in recent times basing  upon the report of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). But, he said that he was sent out on the basis of “false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegation” made by only one peron, who was inimical to him.

After he was transferred as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, two days after the Supreme Court reinstated him as the CBI chief, was replaced by M Nageshwar Rao, as interim director till the government finds the next director for the agency, a government order said last night.

Rao assumed charge of the agency last evening at 9 pm, an internal order of the CBI said. Breaking his silence, Verma, in a statement late on Thursday night said that the CBI, being a prime investigating agency dealing in corruption in high public places, is an institution whose independence should be preserved and protected.

He asserted that it must function without external influences. “I have tried to uphold the integrity of the institution while attempts were being made to destroy it. The same can be seen from the orders of the central government and the CVC dated October 23, 2018 which were without jurisdiction and were set aside,” he added.

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