New Delhi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi on said ”forcing” CBI Director Alok Verma to go on ”indefinite” leave was illegal.
He alleged that it was done as the government panicked over the possibility of him investigating the Rafale fighter aircraft deal.
CBI Director Verma’s removal was an “insult” to the Constitution, the Chief Justice of India and the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, he said at a press conference in New Delhi as reported by PTI.
The interim charge of the CBI directorship had been given a person who had cases against him so that the Prime Minister could control him Congress President Gandhi alleged, referring to joint director Nageswara Rao’s new role.
On October 24, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana were asked to go on leave.
Jaitly said it as per the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission and it was “absolutely essential” to maintain the institutional integrity of the CBI.