Former CBI-chief Verma to give keynote speech at SRCC event

Shalini Ojha


Former CBI-chief Verma to give keynote speech at SRCC event

17 Jan 2019: Former CBI-chief Verma to give keynote speech at SRCC event

Alok Verma, who was removed from his post of CBI director last week, has been invited to give a keynote speech at an event of Delhi University's SRCC college on February 14.

The event is called Students' Union Business Conclave 2019.

This particular event found a place on national map after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended it in 2013 (when he was Gujarat's CM).

The event: What will Verma speak on

The college administration invited Verma for the event last week, when he was reinstated to the top post by Supreme Court.

He had agreed to attend the event and is likely to speak on what it takes to 'build organizational identity through personal history'.

Other influential personalities who could attend this year's event are, Union Ministers Suresh Prabhu, Smriti Irani, and AAP's Manish Sisodia.

Fact: Organizer says full list of speakers is being worked on

"There are 24 to 25 sessions in each event spread over three days (from Feb 14-16). Besides keynote speakers, we have townhall events and panel discussions. The full list of speakers for this year is being worked on," one of the organizers said.

Previous chapters: Previously, Kalam, Chidambaram, and Dalai Lama have attended the event

Over the years, the event, held inside the college campus, has seen many influential attendees. Fro Dalai Lama, late President APJ Abdul Kalam, Mukesh Ambani to P Chidambaram, the list of speakers has always been bright.

However, it was PM Modi's address in 2013 which got national attention. He used the platform to launch the 2014 election campaign.

Fact: Years ago, CM Modi spoke about development politics

CM Modi, who was NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate back then, had said, "This nation is being ruined by vote bank politics. This nation requires development politics. If we switch to politics of development, we will soon be in a position to bring about lasting change."

New boss: On a related note, Modi-led panel to decide CBI boss

Verma's exit laid roots for a huge political turmoil. Verma's tenure was scheduled to end on January 31 but he resigned from his new post after the unceremonial ouster.

Reportedly, PM Modi-led panel will decide the next boss of CBI on January 24. Nageshwar Rao is the interim chief.

The panel will also include Chief Justice of India and leader of the opposition.