Jutice Sikri, who voted to remove CBI chief,  rejects Centre's offer

Jutice Sikri, who voted to remove CBI chief,  rejects Centre
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Supreme Court judge AK Sikri, whose vote helped decide CBI chief Alok Vermas removal from the top post, has turned down a postretirement offer from the government

New Delhi: Supreme Court judge AK Sikri, whose vote helped decide CBI chief Alok Verma's removal from the top post, has turned down a post-retirement offer from the government.

Justice Sikri, who retires on March 6, was nominated to the post of president/member of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT), news website The Print reported.

The CSAT is the final arbiter of disputes among its 53 member-countries of the Commonwealth. The members are appointed on a four-year term which may be renewed only once. The top court judge, second in seniority after Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, was expected to join the CSAT soon after retirement.

Sources said Justice Sikri wrote to the centre saying he was "pained by the recent developments", apparently referring to the criticism his vote invited following the ouster of the CBI chief.

"The government had approached him for the assignment last month. He gave his consent. The job required attending two to three hearings in a year and came without any remuneration," sources close to the judge said. "I am withdrawing my consent... please do not process," his letter reportedly said.

The opposition had questioned the centre's choice. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel had said the government had a "lot of explaining to do" on the nomination of Justice AK Sikri to the vacant post at CSAT. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi alleged that "fear was driving PM Modi" to take such decisions. "When the scales of justice are tampered with, anarchy reigns."

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