India’s Supreme Court reinstates investigative agency head

India’s Supreme Court has reinstated the head of the federal investigative agency in a setback to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File/AFP)
Updated 08 January 2019
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India’s Supreme Court reinstates investigative agency head

  • Verma had challenged the government’s decision to remove him from power during an agency inquiry of his deputy
  • A special government committee ousted both Verma and Asthana in a late-night October raid that made a long-simmering internal feud between the two men public

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court has reinstated the head of the federal investigative agency in a setback to the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which had removed him from the post in October.
The Press Trust of India reports that the high court reinstated Alok Verma as director of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday.
Verma had challenged the government’s decision to remove him from power during an agency inquiry of his deputy, Rakesh Asthana.
The agency had alleged Asthana took bribes to settle a money-laundering investigation.
A special government committee ousted both Verma and Asthana in a late-night October raid that made a long-simmering internal feud between the two men public.
The court said Verma couldn’t make any major policy decisions pending a review by an autonomous anti-corruption body.


Australia police: We did not know Bahraini football player was a refugee

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Australia police: We did not know Bahraini football player was a refugee

  • Bahrain and Thailand were alerted on November 27 almost six hours before Hakeem Al-Araibi landed in Bangkok
  • The bungle drew the Australian government, international football bodies and human rights advocates into a top-level dispute
CANBERRA, Australia: Australian Federal Police did not know a Bahraini football player was a refugee who feared persecution in his homeland when the agency alerted Bahrain and Thailand he was on a flight bound for Bangkok, a top police official said Monday.
Police Deputy Commissioner Ramzi Jabbour told a Senate committee the two countries were alerted on November 27 almost six hours before Hakeem Al-Araibi landed after a nine-hour flight from Melbourne on his honeymoon.
The bungle drew the Australian government, international football bodies and human rights advocates into a top-level dispute with Thai and Bahrain governments to gain Al-Araibi’s freedom. He was detained at the airport and was held 76 days under threat of extradition to Bahrain before he was released last week and returned to Melbourne.
The rules of international policing organization Interpol prevent a Red Notice from being issued for an acknowledged refugee to be sent back to the country from which they fled persecution.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin told the committee that police did not know that Al-Araibi was a refugee and did not have access to his visa status when Bahrain applied for a Red Notice to Australia’s Interpol bureau on November 9.