In a setback to the government, the exiled CBI chief Alok Verma was reinstated by the Supreme Court today.
The verdict comes three months after the government divested him of his powers and sent him on forced leave.
It need be recalled that the order came after a midnight swoop.
The top also said that a high-powered selection committee comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition and the Chief Justice of India to meet and decide on his status within a week.
It also means only partial relief for Alok Verma, who had challenged the government’s October 23 order arguing that the CBI chief has a fixed two year term and can be removed only by the high-powered committee.
Alok Verma’s term ends on January 31.
Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, the CBI’s top two officers, were both sent on leave in October in the middle of a bitter feud between them
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government had sent the two senior officers of the CBI on leave on the recommendation of the CVC (Central Vigilance Commission).