CBI row: Con­gress seeks im­me­di­ate re­moval of CVC

The Hindu Business Line - - NEWS -

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.

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