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Indian government removes head of investigative agency

January 10, 2019

NEW DELHI (AP) — The chief of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation has been removed by the government on corruption charges days after being reinstated by the Supreme Court.

The Home Ministry says a selection committee made up of the prime minister, a Supreme Court judge and a representative of the opposition Congress party decided Thursday to transfer Alok Verma to another government post.

The Press Trust of India news agency said the decision was 2-1, with Congress party representative Mallikarjun Kharge dissenting.

The Supreme Court reinstated Verma on procedural grounds on Tuesday, saying the selection committee should review the case within a week.

Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi has accused the government of removing Verma to quash a probe into the purchase of 36 French Rafale aircraft for the Indian air force.

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