Con­gress de­mands ouster of CVC

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The Con­gress on Sun­day de­manded the im­me­di­ate ouster of Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sioner K.V. Chowdary, ac­cus­ing him of work­ing as a “vig­i­lant slave” of the gov­ern­ment to help hide facts con­cern­ing the con­tentious Rafale fighter jet deal.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at the AICC head­quar­ters, Con­gress spokesper­son Ab­hishek Manu Singhvi said the “CVC (Cen­tral Vig­i­lance Com­mis­sioner) should be sacked or should ten­der his res­ig­na­tion”. The “CVC must go,” he said.

“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 in the hands of po­lit­i­cal mas­ters,” he added.

Mr. Singhvi cited news re­ports on Mr. Chowdary’s visit to sacked CBI di­rec­tor Alok Verma on Oc­to­ber 6 — 17 days be­fore he was re­moved un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously by a mid­night or­der of the gov­ern­ment — on be­half of then CBI Spe­cial Di­rec­tor Rakesh Asthana.

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