The Supreme Court today i.e., January 8, 2019, has set aside the divestment of Alok Verma as CBI Director by holding that the statute empowers neither the State nor the Central Vigilance Commission to hamper with the tenure of the CBI chief. Mr. Verma and NGO Common Cause on December 6, 2018. Further, the Bench also held that the very legislative intent behind amending the DSPE Act and empowering the PM panel to recommend the appointment of a CBI Director was to insulate the functioning of the CBI from the State and political higher-ups. The Bench extended the interpretation of 'transfer' of the CBI Director to also mean his divestment. Section 4 of the DSPE Act requires the prior approval of the PM panel before transferring the CBI chief before his statutory two-year tenure is over. Consequently, now any change in the tenure, whether transfer or divestment of the CBI Director would be done with the prior approval of the PM panel. The enquiry against Mr. Verma was initiated on a complaint of misconduct filed by CBI Special Director R.K. Asthana with the Cabinet Secretary on August 24, 2018, in the background of a feud between the two top CBI officers. The complaint had led to Mr. Verma’s divestment on the intervening night of October 23-24, 2018.