सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने आलोक वर्मा को जबरन छुट्टी पर भेजे जाने के आदेश को मंगलवार को रद्द कर दिया था. इसके बाद वर्मा ने राव द्वारा किए गए सभी तबादले रद्द कर दिए थे.
M Nageswar Rao had signed off on the transfer of 10 officers on Alok Verma’s team.
CBI chief Alok Verma, who today returned to his office in Delhi for the first time in three months, has cancelled most of the transfers ordered by M Nageshwar Rao, who had replaced him as interim chief.
Mr Nageswar Rao had signed off on the transfer of 10 officers on Mr Verma’s team.
Mr Verma was on Tuesday reinstated as CBI boss by the Supreme Court, which scrapped an October government order divesting him of his powers and sending him on leave.
While restoring him, the Supreme Court said Mr Verma cannot take any major policy decisions until a high-powered select committee comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition and the Chief Justice of India meet and decide on his status. The committee has to give its report within a week.
Sources say Mr Verma can still file First Information Report (FIRs) and sign off on transfers; they argue that interim chief Nageswara Rao also discharged these functions after being ordered by the top court to steer clear of major policy decisions.
Alok Verma had challenged the government’s October 23 order arguing that the CBI chief has a fixed two-year term and can be removed only by the high-powered committee.
Mr Verma’s term ends on January 31.
The top court’s ruling was perceived as a huge setback for the BJP-led government, which has been accused by the opposition of manipulating the CBI and misusing it to target rivals.
Mr Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, the CBI’s top two officers, were both sent on leave in October as they swapped charges and accused each other of corruption in a case being investigated by the agency.
Mr Asthana remains on forced leave.
The government had justified its move in court saying it had no option but to send both officers on leave to protect CBI’s integrity and image, since they were fighting like “Kilkenny cats”. The Central Vigilance Commission, which had recommended sending away the CBI boss, said “extraordinary situations need extraordinary remedies.”
The Supreme Court had also asked Mr Verma to respond to a vigilance report on him based on Mr Asthana’s accusations. The CBI Director was accused by Mr Asthana of taking bribe from a Hyderabad-based businessman being investigated by the agency. Mr Verma has accused Mr Asthana of the same crime.
Andhra University Vice Chancellor G Nageshwar Rao was speaking at the Indian Science Congress (File)
A voluntary science body Saturday condemned the ”Kauravas were test tube babies” claim made in the Indian Science Congress held in Punjab’s Jalandhar, saying it was “wrong to mix mythology and science”.
The Breakthrough Science Society, a body committed to propagating science and scientific outlook, said it was distressing that such “chauvinistic claims” about ancient India were made before young and impressionable minds.
In a statement, it said such claims were tarnishing genuine contribution made by great personalities.
“Puranic verses and epics are poetic, enjoyable, contain moral elements and rich in imagination, but not scientifically constructed or validated theories. Chauvinistic claims about ancient India are being made before young and impressionable minds,” the body said.
“It is absolutely distressing that these claims were made in the Children Science Congress section of Indian Science Congress (ISC) where the audience was largely comprised of teachers and young students,” it said.
The voluntary organisation recalled that past presidents of Indian Science Congress — Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray (1920), Sir Ram Nath Chopra (1948) and P Parija (1960) — dealt with science in an “objective and educative” manner while giving due recognition to the achievements in science in ancient India.
“Stem cell research, in vitro fertilisation, science of ballistics and guided missiles, theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, among others, have evolved as a process. It is important to note that no technological accomplishment can be made without the relevant scientific theoretical foundation,” the statement said.
“Building of a guided missile requires electricity, metallurgy, mechanics, projectile motion, radars, optics, motion sensors, wireless communication and there is no evidence for the existence of these underlying pillars of scientific knowledge in ancient India,” it asserted.
Andhra University Vice Chancellor G Nageshwar Rao had on Friday said at the Indian Science Congress that Kauravas were born due to stem cell and test tube technologies and that India possessed knowledge about guided missiles thousands of years ago.
The body noted that it was not the first time that such a “blunder” had happened in the ISC.
In the 2015 ISC event, claims were made on the existence of aircraft in ancient India, but the observation was rebuffed by the science community.
“ISC does not seem to be learning from the past mistakes. Hence, it is time that the scientific community speaks up again and in a stronger voice,” the statement said.