CBI row: Congress seeks im­me­di­ate re­moval of CVC

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

Amid a row over the ouster of CBI di­rec­tor Alok Verma, 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.

There was no im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion from the Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion or the gov­ern­ment on the charge.

"We seek the re­moval, the de­par­ture, the exit of the col­lab­o­ra­tor for vi­o­lat­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion – the CVC (chief vig­i­lance com­mis­sioner). He must go. It is ir­rel­e­vant whether he resigns or is sacked, but he must go," Congress spokesper­son Ab­hishek Manu Singhvi said at a press con­fer­ence at the AICC head­quar­ters here.

The Congress al­leged that CVC K V Chowdary is be­ing made to "act like a pup­pet" to avoid any probe into the Rafale case, re­ports PTI.

T"Till now, we have been told that only the CBI was the 'caged par­rot' but we are now see­ing a new 'vig­i­lant' slave of the gov­ern­ment, a col­lab­o­ra­tor for vi­o­lat­ing the con­sti­tu­tion of the Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion," the Congress spokesper­son al­leged, tak­ing a swipe at the Modi gov­ern­ment.

Verma was on Thurs­day re­moved un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously as the CBI di­rec­tor af­ter a high­pow­ered panel led by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi found that he had not been func­tion­ing with in­tegrity ex­pected of him.

"The CVC has been act­ing like an am­bas­sador for Asthana (CBI Spe­cial Di­rec­tor Rakesh Asthana), lob­by­ing

ill now, we have been told that only the CBI was the 'caged par­rot' but we are now see­ing a new 'vig­i­lant' slave of the gov­ern­ment, a col­lab­o­ra­tor for vi­o­lat­ing the con­sti­tu­tion of the Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sion.

— Ab­hishek Manu Singhvi

for Asthana, and act­ing as an agent and messenger for the gov­ern­ment, to do their hatchet jobs," Singhvi al­leged.

The vig­i­lance com­mis­sioner has for­got­ten that he is sup­posed to do vig­i­lance for pub­lic in­ter­est, and not be a "vig­i­lant pup­pet in the hands of po­lit­i­cal masters", he said.

The se­nior Congress leader said, he was putting forth the views of his party, based on "ob­jec­tives facts" that has emerged in the press in con­nec­tion with the CBI con­tro­versy. These facts are in the pub­lic do­main and "vi­able", he said, claim­ing these "can't be de­nied nor have been de­nied".

"The data and facts in writ­ing de­mand an im­me­di­ate ac­tion and that ac­tion must start with the re­moval and sack­ing of the CVC. The se­quence of events in­di­cate that the CVC acted like a hatchet man of the gov­ern­ment," Singhvi al­leged.

Now, the ques­tion arises as to why the com­mis­sioner acted like this and "at whose be­hest" he was do­ing it, he asked.

"The an­swer is self-ev­i­dent, and none ex­cept the top two peo­ple in this coun­try, who rule this coun­try dic­ta­to­ri­ally, can claim the power to treat and make the CVC act like a pup­pet. These mas­ter pup­peteers can be do­ing this to hide some­thing, to hide some­thing like Rafale," Singhvi al­leged.

The gov­ern­ment has re­peat­edly de­nied all charges lev­elled by the Congress in con­nec­tion with the Rafale deal.

"Only Rafale (is­sue) can make them try to make the CVC act like a pup­pet," he al­leged.

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