‘Fear’ over Rafale mak­ing PM ‘cor­rupt’, says Rahul

Cites of­fer to Jus­tice Sikri

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Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi Sun­day al­leged that “fear” over the Rafale jet fighter deal was mak­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi “cor­rupt” and “de­stroy” key in­sti­tu­tions.

Mr. Gandhi cited a me­dia re­port which claimed that the govern­ment had de­cided to nom­i­nate Jus­tice A.K. Sikri for pres­i­dent/mem­ber of the Lon­don-based Com­mon­wealth Sec­re­tariat Ar­bi­tral Tri­bunal (CSAT).

On Thurs­day, Supreme Court Judge Sikri’s vote proved de­ci­sive in the re­moval of CBI di­rec­tor Alok Verma over cor­rup­tion charges.

How­ever, on Sun­day Mr. Sikri, the se­nior most judge af­ter Chief Jus­tice of In­dia Ran­jan Go­goi, with­drew his con­sent for the govern­ment of­fer to nom­i­nate him to the CSAT.

Cit­ing the me­dia re­port on the govern­ment’s of­fer, Mr. Gandhi tweeted: “When the scales of jus­tice are tam­pered with, an­ar­chy reigns. This PM will stop at noth­ing, stoop to noth­ing & de­stroy ev­ery­thing, to cover up the #RafaleS­cam.”

“He’s driven by fear. It’s this fear that is mak­ing him cor­rupt & de­stroy key in­sti­tu­tions,” Mr. Gandhi said.

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