The decision to call a meeting of the committee on January 24 follows Kharge’s letter to the Prime Minister, urging the convening of a meeting at the earliest “so the public can draw its own conclusions in this matter”.
Kharge claimed in the note that there was a “conspiracy at the highest levels of the Government with statutory authorities being found complicit”, which appears to be part of a “pre-meditated decision” to remove Verma.
“Fear is now rampaging through Mr Modi’s mind. He can’t sleep. Sacking the CBI Chief #AlokVerma twice in a row, clearly shows that he is now a prisoner of his own lies. Satyamev Jayate,” Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Kharge’s note states: “Having examined the contents of the CVC report, it is my considered opinion that Alok Verma be allowed to explain himself before this Committee, along with the charges made against him, prior to any decision being taken.”
Two days ago, when it set aside the October 23, 2018 orders of the CVC and the government divesting Verma of his powers and functions pending inquiry, the Chief Justice of India-led bench had made it clear that the issue of his divestment was “still open”.
While a debilitating back pain has been cited as one of the reasons for Maken’s exit, sources said the constant talk among central leaders about the need to have an alliance with the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi could have played a part.
His statement came after a two-hour debate in Rajya Sabha — it was on a resolution to approve the December 19 proclamation imposing President’s rule — which saw Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley crossing swords, each accusing the other’s party of “alienating” the people of the state.
Rahul said the names of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and industrialist Anil Ambani would come up the “moment there is a JPC (probe).” He said if the Congress is voted to power, it would order a probe into the Rafale deal.
Sources said the party’s top leadership has taken a view that the ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is a BJP propaganda and should be ignored. The former Prime Minister too refused to react to the contents of the movie.
UP Congress president Raj Babbar also played down Akhilesh’s unhappiness with the Congress for not making his party’s lone MLA in Madhya Pradesh a minister, saying people hold grudges against their dear ones and not against strangers.
The fact, however, remains that SP and BSP have been keeping the Congress guessing, charting a separate course in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and staying away from a recent Opposition meeting.
According to sources, Garg asked his office to convene a meeting with the chairpersons of SBI, LIC and Central Bank soon after. While LIC owns 25.34 per cent in IL&FS, Central Bank of India and SBI hold 7.67 per cent and 6.42 per cent, respectively.
As Kushwaha joined the Congress-RJD-led “mahagathbandhan” at the AICC headquarters in the presence of Congress’s Ahmed Patel, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav, Sharad Yadav and Jitan Ram Manjhi, top leaders of the BJP held talks with Union minister Paswan and his son Chirag Paswan.