Cong: Re­move CVC, he’s govt ‘ pup­pet’

The Asian Age - - Front Page - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Ac­cus­ing the Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sioner ( CVC) of hav­ing acted like a “pup­pet” in the hands of the gov­ern­ment in the mat­ter of the re­moval of CBI di­rec­tor Alok Verma, the Con­gress on Sun­day de­manded his im­me­di­ate re­moval. “The CVC should be sacked or ten­der his res­ig­na­tion”, Con­gress spokesman Ab­hishek “Manu” Singhvi told the me­dia. “The CVC must go.”

He al­leged that CVC K. V. Chowd­hary was be­ing made to “act like a pup­pet” to avoid any probe into the Rafale case. “The CVC has been act­ing like an am­bas­sador, a 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 the pub­lic good, and not be a ‘ vig­i­lant’ pup­pet into the hands of po­lit­i­cal mas­ters,” he added.

There was no im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion from the Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion or the gov­ern­ment about this.

Mr Singhvi said he was putting across the views of his party, based on “ob­jec­tives facts” that has emerged in the press in con­nec­tion with the CBI con­tro­versy. “The data and facts de­mand im­me­di­ate ac­tion, and that ac­tion ■

■ Con­tin­ued from Page 1 must start with the re­moval and sack­ing of the CVC,” he said, adding that the se­quence of events in­di­cates the CVC “acted like a hatchet man of the gov­ern­ment”. The se­nior lawyer had on Satur­day al­leged the gov­ern­ment stood ex­posed after Jus­tice A. K. Pat­naik ( Retd) claimed he had not seen the com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tions against Mr Verma and had not given his as­sent.

He said the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee had re­moved Mr Verma based on the charges by Mr Asthana, whose plea to quash the FIR against him had been dis­missed by the Delhi high court.

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