CBI row: Cong de­mands scalp of ‘pup­pet’ CVC

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AMID a row over the re­moval of CBI di­rec­tor Alok Verma, Congress on Sun­day sought im­me­di­ate re­moval of the Chief Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sioner (CVC), al­leg­ing that he had acted like a pup­pet in the hands of govt.

Congress spokesper­son Abhishek Manu Singhvi at a press con­fer­ence at the AICC head­quar­ters in New Delhi, said, “The Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sioner (CVC) should be sacked or ten­der

his res­ig­na­tion, but the CVC must go.” There was no im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion from the Cen­tral Vig­i­lance

Com­mis­sion or the gov­ern­ment. The Congress also al­leged that “CVC KV Chowdary is be­ing made to act like a pup­pet to avoid any probe into the Rafale case”.

“The CVC has been act­ing like an am­bas­sador, mes­sen­ger of the gov­ern­ment, and lob­by­ing for Asthana (CBI Spe­cial Di­rec­tor Rakesh Asthana). The CVC has for­got­ten that he is sup­posed to do vig­i­lance for pub­lic good, and not be a ‘vig­i­lant’ pup­pet into the hands of po­lit­i­cal masters,” Singhvi al­leged. The se­nior Congress leader said, he was putting forth the views of his party, based on ob­jec­tives facts that have emerged in the press in con­nec­tion with the CBI con­tro­versy. “The data and fact in writ­ing de­mand an im­me­di­ate ac­tion and that ac­tion must start with the re­moval and sack­ing of the CVC,” he said. “The se­quence of events in­di­cated that the CVC acted like a hatchet man of the gov­ern­ment,” Singhvi al­leged.

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