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Opposition parties unite against BJP over CBI director Alok Verma's removal

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Srishty Choudhury | Updated on: 24 Oct 2018, 01:35:44 PM
Opposition parties unites against BJP over CBI director Alok Verma's removal

New Delhi:

The Opposition parties on Wednesday came down heavily on the government for asking CBI Director Alok Verma to go amid an escalating feud between him and his deputy Rakesh Asthana.

The Congress dubbed it the "last nail" in the agency's independence and the CPI(M) calling it illegal. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) asked the reasons for sending the CBI director on leave.

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Chief spokesperson for Congress Randeep Surjewala wondered if Verma was "sacked" for his keenness to investigate the "layers of corruption" in the Rafale scam and sought an answer 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 said on Twitter.

Attacking the prime minister, he said Modi has sought to achieve surreptitiously and clandestinely what he cannot do directly by sacking the CBI director.

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It has been done to protect the government's handpicked officer against whom serious charges of corruption are being investigated, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, alleging that it points to attempts at a serious cover-up to protect his direct links to the BJP's top 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 asked.

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was quick to echo Yechury's thoughts. "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 said on Twitter.

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First Published : 24 Oct 2018, 12:23:13 PM