CBI row: Congress seeks immediate removal of CVC
Amid a row over the ouster of CBI Director Alok Verma, the Congress on Sunday sought the “immediate removal” of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), 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. 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 KV Chowdary is being made to “act like a puppet” to avoid any probe into the Rafale case.
“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 high-powered panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi found that he had not been functioning with the integrity expected of him.
“The CVC has been acting like an ambassador for Asthana (CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana), lobbying for Asthana, and acting as an agent and messenger for the government, to do their hatchet jobs,” Singhvi alleged.