New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader GVL Narasimha Rao on Friday took a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi over the ouster of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma. Also Read - Dragon Fruit to be Renamed as 'Kamalam' by Gujarat Government
Stating that a probe was underway to determine Verma’s innocence, Rao said, “Rahul Gandhi is crying more than Alok Verma in CBI matter. The real investigation that is going on in the CBI is AgustaWestland and other defence deals.” Also Read - 'Bengal Maango Toh Cheer Denge': TMC's Madan Mitra Issues Violent Threat To BJP
Rao further alleged that the Congress was interfering in the matter as the CBI was in the process of digging out the truth about AgustaWestland VVIP choppers and other defence deals struck under the previous government and it feared that the truth will be out in the open. Also Read - Will Never Bow My Head Before BJP, Says Mamata Banerjee, Calls Saffron Party More Dangerous Than Maoists
He added, “They (Congress) are worried that the CBI is getting at the truth and that’s the reason Congress wanted to intervene in CBI debate.”
Rao’s comments came a day after a high powered committee, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprising Supreme Court judge Justice AK Sikri and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha decided by a 2:1 majority to remove Alok Verma as the CBI chief.
Following the removal of Verma, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter, saying, “Fear is now rampaging through Mr Modi’s mind. He can’t sleep. He stole 30,000Cr from the IAF and gave it to Anil Ambani. Sacking the CBI Chief #AlokVerma twice in a row, clearly shows that he is now a prisoner of his own lies. Satyamev Jayate.”
On the other hand, veteran Kharge on Friday cited inconclusive finding of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) report before the Supreme Court in his dissent note submitted to the committee that decided on the ouster of CBI director of Alok Verma.
His note said, “The CVC report submitted to the Supreme Court doesn’t arrive at any conclusive finding with respect to allegations against him (Alok Verma).” He pointed out that the Supreme Court had said that the CVC’s October 23 order was illegal and without authority.