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National News
CBI Alok Verma''s transfer: Congress says PM too afraid of probe into Rafale deal
 
New Delhi, The Congress Thursday launched a sharp attack on the government over removal of CBI Director Alok Verma, with party chief Rahul Gandhi saying the second-time sacking of the probe agency chief showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a "prisoner of his own lies" and there was fear in his mind over alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal. The opposition party termed the government''s action as a "gross miscarriage of justice" and alleged that the prime minister was trying to protect his and his government''s "wrong-doings" by appointing a "pliable officer".

Barely two days after the Supreme Court reinstated him, Verma was removed as CBI Director by a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Modi on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty, in an unprecedented action in the central probe agency''s 55-year history. Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma alleged that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) "had lost credibility and was compromised". He said the present CVC had no authority to form a panel of officers as mandated under the law. Sharma also alleged that the CVC was acting at the behest of the Prime Minister''s office. He demanded an independent probe monitored by the Supreme Court into the events of October 23/24 night when Verma was removed as CBI Director in a ''midnight operation''.

“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,” Gandhi tweeted. "By removing #AlokVerma from his position without giving him the chance to present his case, PM Modi has shown once again that he''s too afraid of an investigation, either by an independent CBI director or by Parliament via JPC,” the Congress said on its Twitter handle. Addressing a press conference, Sharma said, “It is not only a gross miscarriage of justice, it''s a travesty... that we have a situation where even the basic tenets of natural justice have been thrown to the winds by none other than the committee chaired by the PM."

He alleged that the prime minister was stopping the CBI from investigating himself and his ministers, an obvious reference to the alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal. Sharma also supported Mallikarjun Kharge''s views that Verma has the right to present his case and alleged that the government did not want the CBI to investigate certain cases. Sharma alleged that the prime minister was preparing a ''Suraksha Kavach'' for himself and his friends so that the acts of “omissions and commissions” under him are not looked into for the next two years. He alleged that the decision has further dented the reputation of the CBI.

While there was no immediate comment available from the PMO, the BJP termed the Congress a "sore loser", saying the party has been left to lick its wounds "after failing to subvert the central probe agency by joining internal personal battles". To the BJP''s charges, Sharma said the prime minister wants to “compromise” the investigating agency to target opposition through political vendetta. Sharma said today''s developments are “very disturbing” and the CBI has been "deliberately wrecked by the prime minister, the prime minister''s office and the BJP government”.

“They are uncomfortable with an independent CBI with the authority under law to investigate or probe any matter, any person in high authority and to act according to the law for any act of omission, commission or irregularioty. “The Supreme Court restores the CBI director and the prime minister who apparently is in panic and has disposes the director again. If there was nothing to hide, if the prime minister was not worried over any matter, then the CBI director should have been allowed to complete his tenure,” he said.


LS polls come to close; over 64 pc voting recorded in last phase
PM performs puja at Kedarnath after meditating for 17 hrs, will also visit Badrinath
Exit polls gossip, don''t trust them: Mamata
Opposition unity: Naidu meets Akhilesh, Mayawati over opposition unity post LS polls
Modi is an actor, says Priyanka; compares him to Asrani in Sholay
Every religion has its own terrorist: Kamal Haasan
Rahul Gandhi meets Alwar gang-rape victim; says she will get justice
Cong not averse to supporting regional party leader for PM post: Ghulam Nabi
Pragya Thakur apologises for calling Godse a ''patriot''
Modi's legacy as Gujarat CM burden on country's communal history: Mayawati
Chappals hurled at Kamal Haasan
Priyanka's Varanasi roadshow gathers crowds
Madan B Lokur appointed judge of Supreme Court of Fiji
Morphed image of WB CM: SC says arrest of activist prima facie arbitrary
TMC behind violence in Kolkata, not BJP, says Shah
Modi's legacy as Gujarat CM burden on country's communal history: Mayawati
I am not an outsider; have come here to campaign for BJP: Amit Shah
Violent clashes, arson mar Shah''s Kolkata jamboree
Mani Shankar Aiyar justifies ''neech'' jibe against PM, BJP retorts strongly
AAP leader Atishi asked to file documents and evidence against Gautam Gambhir in two IDs case
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
S. Arabia calls GCC, Arab League meetings
 Jeddah: Saudi Arabia has called two emergency meetings of the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Counci
Blast near tourist bus injures at least 17 in Egypt
UK gets new weapons act, secures Sikh right to carry kirpans
Austrian far-right leader resigns over ''Ibiza affair''
KERALA NEWS
LS polls candidate attacked in Kerala
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Two women abort their plan to enter Lord Ayyappa temple Sabarimala
Kerala CM meets CEOs of leading business firms in Switzerland
Elephant to undergo medical test for Thrissur 'pooram'
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