Justice AK Patnaik has called the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led high-power Selection Committee’s decision to remove CBI director Alok Verma was “very hasty”. But some of his views on the “evidence” against Verma raise more questions than answers.
Justice Patnaik, who supervised the CVC probe against Verma on a request made by the Supreme Court, asserted that there was “no evidence of corruption” against the former CBI chief. The retired Supreme Court judge, however, maintains at the same time that he had only “supervised” the investigation to ensure principles of natural justice and other procedural regularities.
“We are dealing with an institution here. They should have applied their mind thoroughly, especially as a Supreme Court judge was there,” pointed out Patnaik in an interview.
Patnaik said, “There was no evidence against Verma regarding corruption. The entire enquiry was held on (CBI special director Rakesh) Asthana’s complaint. I have said in my report that none of the findings in the CVC’s report are mine.”