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India removes CBI chief again
RESMI SIVARAM / Reuters January 11, 2019
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NEW DELHI: India’s federal police chief was ousted on Thursday by a panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government said, drawing criticism from the main opposition Congress party.

“By removing #AlokVerma from his position without giving him the chance to present his case, Modi has shown once again that he’s too afraid of an investigation,” the Congress said on Twitter.

Verma, chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), was suspended in October along with his deputy after they accused each other of bribery and interfering in investigations.

Official sources earlier said Modi is keen that Verma should go as the panel went into a second session to decide on the CBI chief’s status.

The Supreme Court had ordered Verma’s reinstatement on Monday but clipped his decision-making powers. The court also asked the high-powered panel that selects the CBI chief to look at a probe report against him and decide if he could stay with full powers until his retirement that is due on Jan.31.

The spat embarrassed the CBI, which fulfils a similar role to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, and also led to accusations that the Modi government had damaged the independence of the agency.

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