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Why Modi in hurry to get new CBI Director, asks Congress

IANS  |  New Delhi 

A day after high-powered select committee met to decide the fate of Alok Verma, the on Thursday alleged the BJP government, afraid of a probable probe into the "Rafale scam", is in a "hurry" to find a successor to Verma.

The committee met following the reinstating Verma as the who was divested of all his powers by the in October.

The panel comprising Modi, CJI nominee Justice and of the single-largest party in the Lok Sabha, Congress' Mallikarjuna Kharge, are scheduled to meet again later on Thursday.

Rahul Gandhi, who has been attacking Modi over the Rafale deal, fired fresh salvos at the over the meeting.

"Why is the in such a tearing hurry to sack the chief? Why will he not allow the CBI chief to present his case in front of the selection committee? Answer: Rafale," tweeted Gandhi, who post the apex court verdict had claimed that "the truth of Rafale will destroy Modi".

Subsequently, in a during the day, also questioned Modi's "tearing hurry" to look for Verma's successor and called for a probe into the circumstances leading to Verma's divesting of powers as the CBI in October.

"Despite the categorically stating that Verma's removal was illegal, the is trying to brazen it out. An thinks he is neither accountable to Parliament nor to the law of the land.

"Why is there a panic in the government, what is the Prime Minister worried about, what is he doesn't want the CBI to look into? Removal of Verma, raiding of CBI offices, removal of files, all that needs to be investigated.

"The government can't and will not probe the events of the night of October 23-24," said Sharma, adding that an independent committee be constituted to probe all that.

"The Prime Minister is in a hurry and looking for a successor to Verma and give a message that though the has restored Verma, the Prime Minister will not allow him to function and will name a successor to make the CBI ..that is the intent," he claimed.

"The Chief Vigilance Commissioner, who ought to have resigned, will now recommend Verma's successor to the high-powered panel. There will be no justice, a handpicked nominee of the Prime Minister will be put in office so that all the wrongdoings of this government are covered and a pliant Director, who will be obliged to the Prime Minister, will officiate," added Sharma.

The former Union Minister also demanded restoration of "77 days" of Verma's tenure lost after he was divested of his power.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 17:18 IST
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