New Delhi: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision on CBI Director Alok Verma’s plea, Congress party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the Modi government’s “sinister attempt” to capture the the investigative agency through “lackeys” has fallen flat. His reaction comes after the apex court gave the CVC two weeks to complete an inquiry into allegations against Verma and barred interim director M Nageswar Rao from taking any major policy decision.
“Truth prevails in Supreme Court. Modi Government’s sinister attempt to capture CBI through lackeys falls flat. A slap in face of tyrants who wanted to pin the last nail in CBI’s independence. CVC can’t act as Modi Government’s pawn but would be supervised by a SC judge to act fairly,” Surjewala said on Twitter.
Surjewala said the government’s interim director was stripped of all powers except daily administration. This was a commentary on a failed government, he said.
“Today, Modiji was again reminded that Modi Rule’ fails miserably before ‘Rule of Law’. Brazen attempts to interfere, infiltrate or capture institutions will be banished. People of India will now remind you in 2019 that bad Governments come with an expiry date. Modiji, History won’t forget how you severely undermined the reputation of two premier institutions, CBI and CVC. In an exception, SC has directed that enquiry by the CVC will be monitored by a Retired SC judge. You are the sole reason for this trust deficit,” Surjewala tweeted.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court appointed one of its former judges, Justice A.K. Patnaik, to supervise the inquiry into the allegations against CBI Director Alok Verma while giving two weeks time to the CVC to complete the probe.
Making it clear that prolonging the inquiry was not in the nation’s best interest, a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Krishan Kaul and Justice K.M. Joseph said the inquiry would be conducted on the allegation contained in the Cabinet Secretary’s note to the CVC.
The apex court was hearing Verma’s plea against the Centre’s order of divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave, within an hour.