In a frontal attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi today called the sudden removal of CBI Director Alok Verma a panic reaction as the agency was about to start an investigation into the Rafale fighter jet deal. Gandhi said the main motive of the government in sending Verma on leave was not to quell the infighting in the CBI, but to cover up the evidence in the Rafale deal.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi today, the Congress President said “The government is not removing the CBI director but trying to hide the evidence in Rafale deal. PM’s reaction was in a panic. The moment CBI inquiry begins in Rafale deal, the PM knows he is finished. He is scared that he indulged in corruption and he could get caught”.
- Rafale Jets: Bofors of the 21st Century?
- Rahul Gandhi bats for 50 percent women CMs in Cong-ruled states
- Rahul Gandhi attacks PM; Says ‘Chowkidaar’ removed CBI head to save his ‘friends’ from Rafale probe
- Need of Right Ecosystem to Strengthen France and India Cooperation
Gandhi also said that in bypassing the Chief Justice of India and Leader of the Opposition, who along with the PM are members of a committee that decides the appointment and removal of CBI directors, the government had insulted the Constitution.
“Appointment and removal of CBI director are done by a committee of three people — PM, CJI and Leader of Opposition. But at 2 AM in the night, the CBI Director was removed. This is an insult to the Constitution, insult to CJI, insult to people of India and is illegal and criminal,” Rahul said.
Yesterday, the government, to ostensibly end the war between the two top officers of the CBI, stripped CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana of all responsibilities. In its order on Verma, the CVC stated that the CBI chief did not cooperate in an inquiry against him, based on a complaint from Asthana, despite three notices being issued.