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Congress leader Chavan questions removal of CBI director

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai/Nagpur 

Thursday wondered if Alok Verma was shunted out as CBI as he allegedly was going to probe the Rafale jet deal.

Chavan asked what was it that the government was so afraid of and said the move to remove Verma from the top post raised several questions.

Verma was shunted out as the after a marathon meeting of the high-powered selection committee led by in Thursday, said officials.

The committee comprised of the in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A K Sikri, appointed by as his nominee in the panel.

Verma, a 1979-batch AGMUT-cadre IPS officer, has been removed from the high-profile post on the charges of corruption and dereliction of duty, making him the in the history of the central agency to face such an action, they said.

"Why is the government so afraid of the CBI? What was Verma going to enquire that we was removed by Modi? Was he removed as he was going to probe into the Rafale issue?" asked the former

Meanwhile, addressing a public rally at Ramtek in district as part of the Congress' Sangharsh Yatra, Chavan hit out at the BJP-led goverment in Maharashtra, calling it "bankrupt".

He said the is making announcements without money in its pocket.

Chavan said the is only engaging in political 'jumlas' (rhetoric) whereas the governments in Madhya Pradesh, and announced farm loan waivers immediately after taking charge last month.

In Maharashtra, it took the government nearly three years to announce a farm loan waiver, the from Nanded said.

"This government is a bankrupt government and does not have money in its pocket. The only thing they can do is make announcements," said Chavan.

He condemned police action against people who showed black flags to during his visit to Solapur Wednesday.

"We will not be scared by this and every Congress will raise the issue of injustice meted out to the common man," Chavan maintained.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 22:50 IST