CBI vs CBI: Why didn’t you consult panel on Alok Verma, CJI asks Centre

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CBI vs CBI: Why didn’t you consult panel on Alok Verma, CJI asks Centre

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The Supreme Court Thursday reserved its order on petitions challenging the government’s decision to divest CBI Director Alok Verma of his charge, observing that the problems between him and Special Director Rakesh Asthana was “not something that happened overnight to require immediate action”.

It reminded the government it had to be “fair” and asked what was the difficulty in consulting the selection committee before moving against Verma — the CBI Director is chosen by a committee comprising the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition and Chief Justice of India.