THE CONGRESS on Sunday demanded the immediate removal of Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary, accusing him of being a “puppet in the hands of the government”.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the CVC had acted as an “ambassador” for former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, and as an agent and messenger of the government to do “their hatchet jobs”.
The Congress demand comes on the day that The Indian Express reported that former CBI Director Alok Verma, in his formal submission to Justice A K Patnaik — the retired Supreme Court judge supervising the inquiry against him being conducted by the Central Vigilance Commission — deposed that CVC Chowdary had paid a visit to his residence on October 6 as an “arbitrator” for Asthana.
About the meeting, Verma submitted that Chowdary had concerns regarding Asthana’s annual performance appraisal report signed by him.
“It is clear that after acting as an ambassador, after lobbying for Asthana, doing advocacy for Asthana, the CVC is writing a report which is the entire basis of the (PM-led high powered) committee’s decision (to remove Verma)….Nobody has denied it, the CVC has not denied it, it can be verified whether he came or not on that day,” Singhvi said.
“The CVC had forgotten that he has to be vigilant for public interest, he has to be vigilant for the nation, he doesn’t have to be vigilant for Asthana, he does not have to be a puppet, a vigilant puppet, in the hands of the political masters who want Asthana in that place,” Singhvi added.
Alleging that the CVC has become a “vigilant slave” of the government, he said, “The question arises, at whose behest he was acting as he was acting? Well the answers are self evident. None except the top two people in this country, who rule this country dictatorially, can claim the power to treat and make the CVC act like a puppet, and these master puppeteers can only be doing it to hide something…To hide something like Rafale and only Rafale can make them try and make CVC act like a puppet.”