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CBI vs CBI case: Oppn parties welcome SC verdict

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Several opposition parties Tuesday hailed the order reinstating Alok Verma, with the saying it was a "slap" on the for "illegally" transferring him.

The apex court Tuesday reinstated Verma, setting aside the Centre's decision to divest him of his powers, but restrained him from taking any major policy decision till the CVC probe into corruption charges against him is over.

Welcoming the order, said "some justice" has been done and now cannot run away from an investigation into the Rafale deal and "no one can save the prime minister".

Verma was ousted in the middle of the night as he was initiating a probe into the Rafale deal, and now no one can save Modi from investigation and the entire nation will know "without a shadow of doubt" that he has taken Rs 30,000 crore of people's money and given it to his "friend" Anil Ambani, he said.

"The was ousted at 1 am in the night because he was about to begin a probe into the Rafale deal. The has been reinstated and some justice has been done. Now let's see what happens," Gandhi told reporters.

The CPI-M has demanded Modi's resignation, while the Aam Aadmi Party, PDP, and other parties said it is an "indictment" of the

However, BJP and Finance Minister described the Supreme Court's verdict as balanced".

The decision by the government was completely legal as the two officers in question were at loggerheads, said, adding that it sent two senior CBI officers - Verma and Special on leave on CVC's recommendation.

The Centre's decision to send Verma and Asthana on leave was based on CVC's recommendation was "perfectly bonafide" and that it was done to protect the integrity of the agency, said.

CPI(M) demanded that the quit on moral grounds as the verdict was a "direct indictment of Modi and his office".

"Will he take responsibility for this blatantly illegal act? If he has any moral conscience he should quit. Accountability, anyone or is it just jumlas?" Yechury asked on

"No other govt in independent has tried to kill institutions the way (the) has, because it is scared of its massive corruption, cronyism and illegalities at the very top being caught out," he tweeted.

The Tuesday welcomed the order reinstating Verma, with asserting that it was a "direct indictment" of Modi.

"SC reinstating CBI is a direct indictment of the PM. Modi govt has ruined all institutions and democracy in our country.

"Wasn't illegally removed at midnight to stall the probe in Rafale scam which directly leads to PM himself?," the chief minister tweeted.

"Modi govt has ruined all institutions and democracy in our country. Wasn't illegally removed at midnight to stall the probe in Rafale scam which directly leads to PM himself?" the chief asked on

Congress' Randeep Surjewala said the decision of the restoring Verma as and quashing the "illegal and conspiratorial" decision of the Centre "is a slap on the policies and autocratic decisions of Modi government".

His party colleague, Mallikarjun Kharge, who is also part of the high-powered committee said the order was a lesson for the government.

"We're not against one individual and welcome the SC's judgement... Today, you'll use these agencies to to put pressure on people, tomorrow somebody else will, What will happen to democracy then?" Kharge asked while speaking to reporters outside Parliament.

Welcoming the court's decision, Peoples (PDP) chief said it had restored faith in the independence of institutions.

"(It) reinstates belief in independent institutions of our democracy that are its pillars," Mehbooba said in a tweet, asking the Centre to now stop "misusing" probe agencies like the CBI and the NIA for political ends.

"Time for the Central gov to stop misusing its influence to arm twist investigative agencies like (the) NIA and CBI for political vendetta," she added.

described the order as a "big slap" on the face of the government.

Delivering its order, the apex court said any further decision against Verma would be taken by the high-powered committee which selects and appoints the CBI director.

Surjewala alleged that it was now clear that BJP and Modi were scared of a possible probe into the Rafale deal and the and his government panicked and in the middle of the night had illegally removed the CBI Director.

"Supreme Court has today blown the lid of a concerted conspiracy hatched by PM Modi and his government to remove the CBI of night," he said.

He dubbed Prime Minister Modi as one who stood for Muzzling of Democratic Institutions (MODI) and asked whether this was his of minimum governance, maximum government'.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 22:12 IST