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Alok Verma's removal was an 'insult' to the Constitution: Rahul Gandhi

The move was "illegal", the Congress chief said

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday said forcing director Alok Verma to go on indefinite leave was "illegal" and alleged that it was done as the government panicked over the possibility of him investigating the Rafale jet deal.

Addressing a press conference here, he claimed that Verma's removal was an "insult" to the Constitution, the chief justice of India and the leader of the opposition.

The move was "illegal", the Congress chief said.

The interim charge of the agency has been given a person who has cases against him so that the prime minister can control him, Gandhi alleged, referring to joint director Nageswara Rao.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday said Verma and Special Director were asked to go on leave as per the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission and it was "absolutely essential" to maintain the institutional integrity of

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First Published: Thu, October 25 2018. 18:20 IST