New Delhi: Alok Verma was unceremoniously removed from the post of CBI director by a high-powered selection committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has claimed that he was transferred on the basis of "false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations" made by only one person who was injurious to him.

Breaking his silence over the issue, Mr Verma, in a statement on late on Thursday night, he said, "It must function without external influences. I have tried to uphold the integrity of the institution while attempts were being made to destroy it. The same can be seen from the orders of the central government and the CVC dated October 23, 2018, which were without jurisdiction and were set aside". "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," he said.

Mr Verma's two-year tenure as director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was due to end on January 31. On Thursday, the PM Modi-led committee removed Alok Verma from the post on Thursday on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty.


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