Minister Jaitley defended govt after top court’s verdict on CBI chief Alok Verma

It might have been seen as setback for the government but senior Minister Arun Jaitley defended the government’s stance in wake of the Supreme Court order on CBI chief Alok Verma.

Jaitley said that the the top court had reinterpreted the government’s stance.

The reaction comes after top court today scrapped a controversial government order and reinstated CBI chief Alok Verma.

Arun Jaitley said the government’s action to send Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on compulsory leave in October was “bonafide” and based on the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

The top court reinstated Alok Verma but added that he cannot take any major policy decisions for now.

The three judge bench of the top court also said that any further decision on Alok Verma will be taken by a high-powered selection committee comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition and the Chief Justice of India.

Alok Verma is due to retire by January 31.

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