The CPI-M Wednesday claimed that the government was panicked by the feud between the director and the special director of the CBI and removed the agency’s chief to protect its ‘handpicked’ officer. In a series of tweets, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury Wednesday slammed the government for the current state of affairs in the country’s premier investigative agency.
The prime minister-led appointments committee in an order Tuesday night removed both Director Alok Verma and Special Director, giving the charge of the agency to Joint Director M Nageshwara Rao. “The illegal removal of CBI chief by Modi government to protect their own handpicked officer, against whom serious charges of corruption are being investigated, points to attempts at a serious cover-up to protect his direct links to the BJP’s top political leadership”, tweeted Yechury.
Yechury said that the Modi government was panicked by the feud between the director and the special director and hurriedly removed both the officers despite Supreme Court’s order of two years term for the top posts. “To ensure that the CBI is not a ‘caged parrot’, Supreme Court had granted protection to the Chief from govt’s whims and fancies by giving him a two-year tenure. What is Modi govt trying to hide by its panic move?” tweeted Yechury.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday said that the government’s decision to remove Verma and Asthana is based on the CVC’s recommendations and asserted that it was absolutely essential to restore the agency’s institutional integrity and credibility. The Central Vigilance Commission made its recommendations Tuesday evening, Jaitley said and added that allegations by the top two CBI officers led to a “bizarre and unfortunate” situation.
In an earlier tweet, Yechury had alleged that many compromised officials with dubious records were inducted into the CBI by the Modi government with mala fide intention to target political opposition. “A number of compromised officials with dubious records have been inducted into top agencies in the past four years. That is not just due to poor governance. But it is due to malafide intention to target political opposition and save their own under investigation,” Yechury had said on Tuesday.