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Opposition, legal experts attack Verma's removal as CBI chief

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The removal of as CBI came under severe attack from opposition parties and legal experts saying it was "desperation" of the government as does not want any probe into the Rafale jet deal.

The critics of the decision also asked how could take a decision without giving hearing Verma.

The criticised the committee's decision and said Modi had shown that he was "too afraid" of an investigation into the Rafale deal.

"By removing from his position without giving him the chance to present his case, PM Modi has shown once again that he's too afraid of an investigation, either by an independent CBI or by Parliament via JPC," the tweeted.

BJP said if it was a majority decision to remove Verma, then it was unfortunate. "I don't know why Verma was not asked to reply to the charges against him. I have very poor opinion of the CVC," he said.

saw a conflict of interest in the role of the Prime Minister, who is part of the three-member committee that also has of the group in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and CJI nominated Justice of the

"A day after he resumed charge as CBI Director, headed by Modi again transfers out post haste without even hearing him, fearing the prospect of his registering an FIR against Modi in the Rafale scam.

"How can decide this without hearing Alok Verma's point? It shows desperation of government. PM has conflict of interest. Such desperation to prevent any investigation,"

he said.

Another and member Majeed Memon called the removal of Verma a "breach of power".

"The decision of the is complete breach of power. The committee should have listened to him. The CVC's role in the matter is also under suspicion," Memon said.

Congress and said it was unfortunate that Verma had been removed on the basis of allegations and the CVC had no credibility.

"The is apprehensive that skeletons in his cupboard would tumble out," he said.



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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 20:50 IST