New Delhi: While the government has shown no support to Gen VK Singh in the ongoing age row, it seems to be acquiring two stands on the same in the age dispute of Chitrakoot Commissioner and IAS officer Lalit Verma.

The chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against Verma has been quashed by the Allahabad High Court following which the CBI has been showing keenness to challenge the order in the Supreme Court albeit the Ministry of Law has not given its nod to it.

Lalit Verma, an IAS topper of 1984 batch, has been accused of rigging with his birth date in the confidential records of the UPSC. Also the Ministry of Personnel filed an FIR against him in this regard.

The charges leveled against him were found to be true by the CBI after which it filed a chargesheet in the Tis Hazari court in Delhi in 2006.

According to the CBI, Verma had changed his date of birth from 1958 to 1961 in the secret records of the UPSC which amounts to illegal action.

However, Verma filed a petition in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court against the chargesheet filed against him. Surprisingly, the High Court refused to uphold the chargesheet filed by the CBI in the Tis Hazari court without the latter falling into its area of jurisdiction.

Shocked CBI asked the then Solicitor General (SG) Gopal Subramanium to challenge the High Court’s order in the Apex Court.
Initially the SG advised the CBI to appeal to the Supreme Court against the infringement of the jurisdiction area but later backed from his words. When the CBI approached Attorney General on the issue, he also advised the agency not to challenge the order in the Apex Court.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Law rejected CBI appeal and closed the case.

But a confident CBI is still firm on its stand to approach the Supreme Court against the High Court’s order. However, the Law Ministry has maintained a silence on the issue.