New Delhi: Making the Centre’s stance clear on the Supreme Court’s decision on exiled CBI chief Alok Verma’s plea, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it was a very positive move. Jaitley said, “The current court order on CBI row is an extremely positive development. The Government has no interest for or against any individual. It is interested in maintaining professionalism, image and constitutional integrity of the CBI.” (Catch LIVE Updates of Cong Protest Here)
Lauding the apex court’s decision, he said, “Today, the Supreme Court has further strengthened the fairness criteria. They fixed a time limit and in order to ensure that the highest standard of fairness is maintained even in the inquiry, they have appointed a retired judge to ensure that the CVC inquiry is extremely fair.”
Explaining the recent Centre decision to send both top officers of CBI, chief Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana on leave, Jaitley said, “The recent developments had eroded the credibility of the CBI. The CVC, in the interest of fairness, passed an order that till investigations are pending against two top officers of the CBI, they must step aside and recuse themselves from its functioning till the inquiry is over.”
Meanwhile, Jaitley’s Cabinet colleague and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reacted to the Congress protests across the nation over the CBI feud and said, “The Congress doesn’t have any people’s issues to raise that is why they are taking up these non-issues. We should wait for the investigation report.”
Earlier, the CBI had denied media reports that Verma had some crucial files when he was divested of his duties. Rubbishing the reports, CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said, “This is being manufactured by vested interests. Every file in the CBI at each level is accounted for.” Probably for the first time in its history, the CBI saw both Verma and his deputy, Asthana, divested of their powers and sent on leave in a dramatic overnight action by the government on Tuesday night.