Govt appoints Nageshwar Rao as interim CBI chief

26 October, 2018, 04:31 | Author: Carlos George
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"And that would have been suicidal for Modi", said Gandhi.

The Congress-led UPA was in power in 2013.

He is presently working as Joint Director in the CBI.

Mr. Verma's current revelation contradicts oral submissions made in court by the government on November 24, 2017 that Mr. Verma had "fully recommended Mr. Asthana strongly for appointment as CBI Special Director, and continues to do so". Gandhi had been accusing the Union government of cronyism for cancelling the original Rafale deal in which HAL was supposed to be the offset partner for the French defence sector giant, Dassault Aviation, and allegedly putting pressure on the French company to choose Reliance as its business associate. Reliance Defence and the French government have also said the same. Every file in CBI at each level is accounted for.

In its plea, the NGO sought quashing of the Central Vigilance Commission order of October 23, which it said "illegally divested" Verma of his work for "malafide reasons".

Opposition leaders have accused the Modi government of using the CBI as a tool to settle scores with his political opponents.

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Gandhi said the "fight" is on to reinstate Verma. It has already dragged CBI and CVC into its dirty tricks.

Gandhi also attacked Modi for his "silence" on the issue.

According to an order by the Department of Personnel and Training, Rao will "look after the duties and functions of Director CBI and shall take over the duties and functions with immediate effect".

Rao has embarked on a series of transfers immediately after taking charge. He has appointed a person who can be controlled by the Prime Minister. The prime minister knows that as soon as the CBI acts against him, he will be in trouble.

He said that neither Verma's removal nor Rao's appointment was referred to the Selection Committee, as is required under the law and the Supreme Court directives. He described as "false" news report that appeared in a section of media suggesting that seven files were removed. One night later, the number 1 and number 2 officials were "divested of all powers" and were sent on leave.

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