Justice AK Patnaik, the former Supreme Court judge assigned to supervise the Central Vigilance Commission inquiry against Alok Verma, said there was “no evidence of corruption” against the ousted Central Bureau of Investigation director, The Indian Express reported on Saturday.
Two days after the Supreme Court reinstated him, Verma was removed as CBI director on January 10 after a selection committee meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The panel comprised Supreme Court’s Justice AK Sikri, appointed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, and Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge. The meeting took into account the CVC inquiry report, which levelled eight counts of charges against Verma, including corruption and dereliction of duty.
Justice Patnaik reiterated that the findings in the report were that of the Central Vigilance Commission and not his. “There was no evidence against Verma regarding corruption. The entire inquiry was held on [CBI Special Director Rakesh] Asthana’s complaint,” he said. “I have said in my report that none of the findings in the CVC’s report are mine.”