Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

NEW DELHI: Amid a row over the ouster of CBI chief Verma, the Con­gress on Sun­day sought “im­me­di­ate re­moval” of the chief vig­i­lance com­mis­sioner, al­leg­ing the gov­ern­ment had made him act like a “pup­pet” to “es­cape a probe” into the Rafale deal. “We seek the re­moval...the exit of the col­lab­o­ra­tor for vi­o­lat­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion -- the CVC (chief vig­i­lance com­mis­sioner)...,” Con­gress’s Ab­hishek Manu Singhvi said. There was no im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion from the Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion or the gov­ern­ment.

“cir­cum­stan­tial” ev­i­dence. CVC noted that Verma over­ruled the ar­rest of Babu de­spite rec­om­men­da­tions to the con­trary by the of­fi­cials han­dling the case. One of the main lines of the probe was Asthana’s al­le­ga­tion that Verma ac­cepted ₹2 crore from Babu to en­sure he wasn’t in­dicted in a case against con­tro­ver­sial meat ex­porter Moin Qureshi.

2) The CVC in­quiry also found that Verma de­lib­er­ately ex­cluded the name of a key ac­cused in an IRCTC cor­rup­tion case. There are al­le­ga­tions that con­di­tions for ten­der to build a ho­tel were changed to en­sure that a cer­tain com­pany could qual­ify and bid for the con­tract. But al­le­ga­tions that Verma tried to call off searches on the Patna premises linked to ac­cused in the case

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