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BJP calls Congress 'sore loser' after it attacks govt over Verma's ouster as CBI chief

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Hitting out at the over its attack on the following removal of on corruption charges, the BJP called it a "sore loser", saying the party has been left to lick its wounds "after failing to subvert the central probe agency by joining internal personal battles".

The had reinstated Verma on Tuesday with a condition that the high-powered selection committee headed by will decide his fate in a week.

The claimed that Verma was removed without being given a chance to present his case, alleging that it showed that PM Modi was too afraid of an investigation, an apparent reference to its demand of a probe into the Rafale deal.

"Sore loser is licking its wounds after failing to subvert the by joining internal personal battles. The only investigation pending is of 'The Family' that received bribes from 'Mama Christian Michel' in multiple defence deals. Lies of completely exposed," BJP G V L said.

In a tweet, the BJP's also added, "Shameless Congress lies again. Here are facts: 1) Shri Verma was given an opportunity to present his case before the CVC in presence of Justice Patnaik (retd), appointed by the 2) also provided a copy of the CVC report to Verma's "

In an unprecedented move, Verma was removed as the on the charges of corruption and dereliction of duties after a marathon meeting of the high-powered selection committee led by Modi, officials said.

There were eight counts of charges against Verma in the CVC report presented before the Committee also comprising of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A K Sikri, appointed by as his nominee.

The decision for the removal of 1979-batch Verma was taken by a majority with Kharge opposing the move, they said.

Verma was sent on forced leave by the government in a late-night controversial order on October 23, 2018 in the wake of a feud between him and his which had intensified after Asthana was booked on corruption charges by the CBI on October 15, 2018.

He had challenged the order in the Supreme Court which had quashed the government order Tuesday and reinstated him with a condition that the high-powered selection committee will decide his fate in a week.

Verma had joined the office Wednesday after 77 days of forced leave set aside by the Supreme Court.

The apex court had said any further decision against Verma, who was scheduled to retire on January 31, would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 21:55 IST