Alok Verma reinstated as CBI chief: No one can save PM Modi from Rafale probe, says Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi leaves from the Parliament House, in New Delhi, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (PTI Photo/Atul Yadav) (PTI1_7_2019_000109A)

The apex court. while reinstating Verma who was appointed by the collegium comprising the then Chief Justice of India for a fixed term of two years, restricted him from taking any major policy decision till CVC inquiry is over.

Hours after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the CBI Director, Congress president welcomed the decision and launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, Gandhi said that no one can save Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Rafale investigation and the entire nation will know “without a shadow of doubt” that he has taken Rs 30,000 crore of people’s money and given it to his “friend” Anil Ambani”.

“The CBI chief was ousted at 1 am in the night because he was about to begin a probe into the Rafale deal. The CBI chief has been reinstated and we have got some relief. Now let’s see what happens. They cannot run away from Rafale, it is impossible. Modi ji ran away from a debate. He should have discussed with us the Rafale issue, in the people’s court. No one can save them from Rafale, as Rafale is the truth. No one can run away from the truth,” Gandhi said.

The apex court reinstated Verma but restricted him from taking any major policy decision till the Central Vigilance Commission inquiry into corruption charges against him are over. The court also maintained that any decision with regard to Verma will be steered by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the CBI Director. The committee will take the decision based on the findings of the CVC inquiry. The court also set aside the Centre’s decision to appoint senior IPS officer M Nageswara Rao, who was the joint director, as the interim chief of the agency.

While the opposition pounced on the government following the SC verdict, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley defended the government’s decision to sent the two CBI top bosses on leave saying that it was taken on the recommendation of the CVC.  “The government took this decision to protect the integrity of the CBI…Government took the action of sending two senior officers of CBI on leave on CVC’s recommendation,” Jaitley was quoted as saying by PTI.

However, in sharp criticism of the government, senior CPIM Sitaram Yechury said, “No other govt in independent India has tried to kill institutions the way Modi govt has, because it is scared of its massive corruption, cronyism, and illegalities at the very top being caught out.” Welcoming the apex court’s decision, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said it had restored faith in the independence of institutions. “(It) reinstates belief in independent institutions of our democracy that are its pillars,” Mehbooba said in a tweet. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the Centre should now stop “misusing” investigating agencies like the CBI and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for political ends.

Supreme Court senior advocate Prashant Bhushan said the Supreme Court order was a partial victory for Verma. “He has been restored but strangely he has been restrained from taking any policy decisions,” he said.

Source: The Indian Express

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