Verma denied natural justice, says Congress
New Delhi: The Congress on Friday hit out at the Modi government over the transfer of former CBI director Alok Verma and said he was denied ‘natural justice’. Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the office of the Central Vigilance commissioner was completely bulldozed as part of ‘Save Modi Operation’.
“The principle of natural justice demands the High Powered Committee should have given a hearing to the reinstated CBI Director. Instead, it removed Verma from the post of CBI director without even listening to his side of the story. This was done, even as Leader of Opposition Mallikarjuna Kharge pleaded for the same,” said Singhvi.
He said scared of the truth of the Rafale deal, the Modi government is firing from the shoulders of CVC. “The CVC is neither the appointing authority nor the removing authority for the CBI chief.”
He said a ‘careful analysis’ of the CVC report will reveal that on the allegation Verma accepted Rs 2 crore bribe, which is one of the four alleged reasons relied upon for Verma ’s removal, the report states there is “no direct evidence” of the allegation.