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Govt was in hurry to remove CBI chief to prevent probes into graft cases: CPI(M)

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Demanding the removal of the CVC, the CPI(M) on Monday alleged that the was in a "hurry" to remove as the in order to prevent probes into corruption cases involving "the highest political leadership".

In a statement, the said the decision to remove Verma was "arbitrary" and "shocking".

It added that the revelations against the questionable role of (CVC) KV Chaudhary in advocating Rakesh Asthana's case with the then CBI showed that the decision of the high-powered committee had violated the "principle of natural justice by denying him the right to defend himself" and was "biased and motivated".

Verma was on Thursday unceremoniously removed as the (CBI) after a high-powered committee headed by found that he had not been functioning with the integrity that was expected of him.

"All these also confirm the suspicion that the Modi was in an utmost hurry to remove in order to prevent probes into serious cases of corruption involving the highest political leadership and the central These include the Rafale scam and many other corruption scandals.

"In the light of these revelations, the politburo of the CPI(M) demands that the CVC be removed from office immediately and an enquiry ordered into the manner in which he dealt with the then CBI director, Alok Verma," the statement said.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 19:45 IST