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Buoyed by Verma's reinstatement, Congress targets Modi over Rafale

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Tuesday launched a frontal attack on over the Rafale deal after the reinstated as the

Claiming that the apex court verdict had defeated Modi and his government's "conspiracy" to stifle a probable probe into the alleged irregularities in the deal to buy the French fighter jets, the demanded restoration of "3 months of Verma's tenure" lost due to the Centre divesting him of all his powers in October.

Leading the attack, said: "(Verma) was removed because he wanted to start a probe into the Rafale (deal). Now we have some justice, lets see what happens.

"Nothing is going to save the from Rafale...nothing.

"It is pretty clear that the has personally helped his crony get Rs 30 000 crore. I have a simple question, when Modi bypassed the Rafale deal, did the Indian Air Force, did the raise an objection. I am expecting a 'yes' or 'no' answer, the is not able to give it, neither the Prime Minister," said Gandhi.

He also asserted that the country will surely get know how Modi helped his friend get Rs 30,000 of people's money.

"The nation is going to 100 per cent know that Modi had taken Rs 30,000 crore of people's money and given to his friend. Without a shadow of doubt, the nation will get to know this," added Gandhi, who has repeatedly called the Rafale deal India's "biggest defence scam".

Hailing the verdict, Congress accused a "despotic" Modi of destroying the credibility and independence of constitutional and statutory organisations like the (CBI), the (RBI) and others.

"Modi is the first Prime Minister, who in a despotic fashion killed the independence of the CBI so that it cannot probe corruption in the Rafale deal," said Surjewala, calling the verdict a slap on Modi and the government's decisions and policies.

Alleging that Verma was "conspiratorially" removed to stifle a probable probe into the Rafale deal, Surjewala asked Modi to apologize to the nation for trampling upon the independence of the CBI, the (CVC) and the RBI.

The party sought restoration of the three months of Verma's tenure lost due to his "illegal removal".

"The verdict is a lesson for Modi and his government. If Modi has even a semblance of faith in the constitution and rule of law, then he should restore three months of Verma's tenure.

A bench headed by reinstated Verma as the CBI Director, setting aside the CVC and the Centre's decision to divest him of his powers to function as the of the investigating agency.



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 15:46 IST