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Govt 'unhappy' with CBI Director meeting Arun Shourie, Prashant Bhushan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government is understood to be unhappy with meeting former Union and who demanded a probe into the alleged corruption in the deal, with a senior government functionary saying it is "rare" for the agency chief to meet politicians.

Last week, Shourie and Bhushan had met the Director, submitted documents and demanded a probe into alleged corruption in the deal and offset contract.

"This was perhaps for the first time that politicians have met the in his office. Such a meeting is rare," the functionary said, indicating that the government has not taken the meeting kindly.

Buttressing his point, the functionary claimed, in normal circumstances, when a seeks appointment with the CBI chief, he or she is advised to submit complaints or any other documents at the reception of the agency headquarters.

The functionary, without elaborating, also said some government officials have gone "rogue" and they have engaged in bitter fight among themselves and if such quarrel continues, the organisations concerned will suffer.

The CBI Director, who is scheduled to remain in office till January next year, is engaged in a bitter fight with of the agency and both sides have been levelling allegation against each other in public, a trend which is unheard-of in the history of 77 years of the organisation.

In their meeting, Shourie, a of the Modi government, and Bhushan, a former (AAP) leader, had asked the to take the government's permission to initiate a probe in accordance with the law, alleging that the offset contract for was actually a commission to an Anil Ambani-led subsidiary.

French company Aviation, the makers of Rafale, had chosen as its to fulfil offset obligations of the deal. Rejecting allegations of corruption, the government has been maintaining it did not have any role in selection of the offset by

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 19:45 IST