CBI chief Alok Verma removed after selection panel meeting

New Delhi: Forty-eight hours after he was reinstated as CBI chief by the Supreme Court, a high-power committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed him again on Thursday, as per reports.

The committee had met at PM Modi’s home to decide on Verma’s future – on whether he will continue in the post with full powers and on his successor.

Hours before his removal, Verma ordered the transfer of five officers of the agency on Thursday.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court scrapped the government’s midnight order sending Verma on compulsory leave and replacing him with an interim CBI director. But while restoring him to his post, the court ruled that he would not take any major policy decisions until a high-powered selection committee featuring the PM, the Chief Justice of India or his representative and the leader of the largest opposition party decided on his status.

Verma, who joined office after a 77-day exile on Wednesday, issued two orders “withdrawing” almost all the transfers ordered by the CBI’s additional director M Nageswar Rao on October 24, 2018, and January 3, 2019.