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CJI Ranjan Gogoi drops out of panel meeting on CBI chief Alok Verma

CJI Ranjan Gogoi drops out of panel meeting on CBI chief Alok Verma

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 09 Jan 2019, 06:59 am

New Delhi, Jan 9 (IBNS): Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has excused himself from a selection panel meeting on CBI director Alok Verma to decide on his continuation, NDTV said.

The move came since the CJI himself had delivered the verdict reinstating Verma as the CBI chief.

Verma was back at work on Wednesday, a day after the Supreme Court reinstated him as the Central Bureau of Investigation chief, said reports.

The apex court's Tuesday decision is seen as a setback to the Centre that had sent Verma on leave.

Verma, however, cannot take any major policy decision till the selection committee meets to decide on his continuation. The Supreme Court has asked the committee to meet within seven days.

Verma’s tenure as CBI director ends on January 31.

The case revolves around Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana swapping bribe charges.

The Narendra Modi government at the Centre had told the judges that the decision had to be taken because the CBI's top two officers had been fighting for months like "Kilkenny cats", a reference to a poem where two cats fight till both die.

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