There was “no evidence” of corruption against Alok Verma, and the decision of a Prime Minister-led high powered committee to dismiss and shunt him as CBI chief was a decision taken “in haste”, a former Supreme Court judge AK Patnaik who monitored the vigilance inquiry into allegations against Verma has said.
Justice AK Patnaik has also said “none of the findings in the CVC (Central Vigilance Commission) report are mine”.
The probe against Alok Verma was entirely based on the complaint of his deputy, CBI special director Rakesh Asthana, NDTV told Patnaik as saying.
The former judge also said that the investigation report sent to him by the vigilance body was “purportedly signed by Asthana”, but he did not personally depose before the CVC.
Verma was transferred as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards on Thursday, just two days after he was reinstated as CBI boss with riders by the Supreme Court. The court had cancelled a controversial midnight government order on October 23 sending him on forced leave, along with Mr Asthana.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy agreed to Justice Patnaik’s remarks on Alok Verma. “I 100% agree with Patnaik. They should have called Verma and asked him for his response to the CVC’s allegations.” Indian Express quoted Swamy as saying.