This is not the first time Rahul Gandhi has attacked PM Modi over the removal of CBI chief Alok Verma. Soon after Verma was divested of his duties following allegations levelled against him by Special Director Rakesh Asthana, the Congress leader had accused PM Modi of removing the CBI chief to stop him from investigating the Rafale deal probe. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Resumes Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kerala's Aluva UC College
Referring to PM Modi as “Mr 56”, the Congress president alleged that by removing Alok Verma, the PM broke the law when he bypassed Chief Justice of India and Leader of Opposition who were in the panel which selected the CBI chief. Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi wrote: “PM removed the CBI Director to stop him from investigating Rafale. Mr 56 broke the law when he bypassed CJI & LOP. Mr Modi, Rafale is a deadly aircraft with a superb radar. You can run, but you can’t hide from it.”
Rubbishing the allegations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the decision to remove Verma was based on the Central Vigilance Commission’s (CVC) recommendations.