The CBI director Alok Verma has resigned after he was removed from his post just 72 hours after being reinstated by the Supreme Court. He was removed by a high powered committee on January 8.
The decision was made after a two-hour meeting by the committee comprising of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the leader of the largest opposition party- Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice AK Sikri. Justice Sikri was standing in for Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi who had recused himself as he had written the letter backing Verma on January 8. The decision was made 2:1 with Kharge opposing the move. Kharge submitted a six-page dissent note while the prime minister and justice agreed his continuation will be detrimental to the CBI. The panel then transferred him to the post of Director General of Fire Services.
Alok Verma was to retire from the CBI on January 29. He resigned and refused the new transfer by saying that natural justice was scuttled and the entire process was turned upside down. The opposition parties have questioned the process and have asked why he was not allowed to make his case in front of the panel.