New Delhi (JPN/Bureau): The Central Bureau of Investigation appears to be helpless before the Law Ministry in initiating action against Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Lalit Verma on the charges of manipulating his age recorded in government files. Rejecting the CBI plea, the Ministry closed the case against tainted Verma.

The 1984 batch IAS topper Verma’s is alleged to have cooked up his date of birth recorded in the important documents of UPSC.

Interestingly, the Union Ministry for Personnel had registered an FIR with the CBI against Verma.

The CBI in 2006 filed a charge sheet against him in Tis Hazari Court of Delhi.

The trouble began for CBI when Verma got the charge sheet cancelled from the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court, even though the HC has no authority over Tis Hazari.

Shocked over the HC decision, the CBI sought an opinion from the immediate Solicitor General (SG) Gopal Subraananyam, who advised the agency in writing to appeal against it in the Supreme Court. However, the SG changed his stand when the investigating agency sought an official permission from the Ministry of Law. Even the Attorney General voiced for not making appeal in SC.

The CBI sought an explanation from SG and AG for the two different opinions within a month but there was no response. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Law rejected CBI’s appeal and ordered for the closure of the case.

A senior official of CBI told that the agency had no option but to go with the decision of the Ministry.