Former union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking registration of an FIR into the Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France alleging “criminal misconduct” by high public functionaries, reports PTI.
This comes after CBI Director Alok Verma was removed with the government saying that the officer did not cooperate with the CVC in the probe against him. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has accused PM Modi of removing CBI Director Alok Verma in a bid to stop him from investigating the Rafale “scam”.
“The CBI director was removed last night because the agency was raising questions over Rafale,” Gandhi alleged.
Sinha, Shourie and Bhushan have sought a direction to the CBI to investigate the offences disclosed in their complaint in a “time-bound” manner and submit periodic status reports to the apex court.
The complaint was filed by them on October 4 with the CBI after their meeting with CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma, who was late Tuesday directed by the Centre to proceed on leave in the wake of the feud with second in command in agency Rakesh Asthana.
Verma has been replaced by M Nageshwar Rao, a 1986-batch Odisha cadre officer, and Joint Director at CBI will proceed to take over as the chief, according to an order by the Prime Minister-led Appointments Committee.
Opposition parties including Congress have targetted the government over removal of Verma.
-With PTI inputs