Tried to uphold CBI integrity, attempts were being made to destroy it: Alok Verma on being removed as chief

Alok Verma, who was removed from the post of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director two days after resuming office, has claimed that he was transferred on the basis of “false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations”.

The high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed Verma from the post on Thursday (January 10) on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty.

It comprised of Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A K Sikri, appointed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi as his nominee.

Talking about the issue, Verma said that the CBI must function without external influences.

“I have tried to uphold the integrity of the institution while attempts were being made to destroy it,” he said.

He also said, “I have been transferred to another post pursuant to the orders of the committee which was assigned the task of deciding my future course of action as Director CBI. I have stood up for the integrity of the institution, and if asked, will do it again in order to uphold the rule of law.”

The 1979-batch IPS officer has been posted as the Director General Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, under the Union Home Ministry.

The charge of the CBI has been given to Additional Director M Nageshwar Rao, according to a government order issued on Thursday evening.

Verma had resumed duty as CBI director on Wednesday; a day after the apex court paved his return and asked the three-member panel that selects the CBI chief to decide on his continuance in a week in the light of charges against him in the report of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

Verma’s two-year tenure as CBI director was due to end on January 31.

Terming it sad, Verma said that he was transferred to another post on the basis of “false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations made by only one person, who was inimical to him”.

Earlier in August, Special Director Rakesh Asthana, with whom Verma had a public feud, had given a complaint against him to the Cabinet Secretary which was referred to the CVC.

The CVC report spoke about the controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi’s case and claimed that the CBI team looking into it wanted to make Hyderabad-based businessman Sathish Babu Sana an accused but Verma never gave clearance, officials said.