CBI vs CBI: Opposition attacks govt over removal of Verma

NEW DELHI: Opposition parties Wednesday slammed the federal government for CBI Director Alok Verma's removal amid an escalating feud between him and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, with the Congress dubbing it the "last nail" in the company's independence and the CPI(M) calling it unlawful.

Adding its voice to the debate, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) requested the reasons for sending the CBI director on leave.

Congress leader spokesperson Randeep Surjewala questioned if Verma used to be "sacked" for his keenness to probe the "layers of corruption" in the Rafale rip-off and sought a solution from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Modi govt buries the 'last nail' into the independence of CBI. Systematic dismantling & denigrating of CBI is now complete. Once a premier investigating agency, PM ensures that CBI's integrity, credibility & reliability is buried & dead," Surjewala stated on Twitter.

There used to be no fast comment either from the federal government or the ruling BJP at the allegations levelled via opposition parties.

"PM Modi has demonstrated the true colour of his infamous ‘Modi Made Gujarat Model' by this cloak-and-dagger mugging of CBI. Has the CBI Director been sacked for his keenness to probe the layers of corruption in Rafale Scam? Isn't the rest a shoddy cover up? Let PM answer!" the Congress chief stated.

Attacking the high minister, he stated Modi has sought to achieve surreptitiously and clandestinely what he cannot do immediately via sacking the CBI director.

Habitual and perpetual misuse of the CBI via the federal government and the BJP to "tamper fair investigation of serious criminal cases" is the cause of this unfathomable mess, Surjewala alleged.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury termed Verma's removal "illegal".

It has been executed to protect the federal government's handpicked officer against whom critical fees of corruption are being investigated, he stated, alleging that it points to makes an attempt at a major cover-up to protect his direct links to the BJP's best political leadership.

"To ensure that the CBI is not a 'caged parrot', the Supreme Court had granted protection to its chief from govt's whims and fancies by giving him a two-year tenure. What is Modi govt trying to hide by its panic move?" he requested.

Delhi leader minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal echoed him.

"What are the reasons for sending CBI director on leave? Under which law did the Modi govt get the authority to initiate action against the chief of an investigating agency appointed as per the Lokpal Act? What is Modi govt trying to hide?" he stated on Twitter.

The government has divested Verma and Asthana of all powers amid an ongoing spat between them, assets stated, calling it the first such case in the history of the company.

The high minister-led Appointments Committee Tuesday night time gave price of the director to Joint Director M Nageshwara Rao with fast impact, a government order stated.
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