Congress moves Supreme court challenging CBI Chief’s removal

Mallikarjun Kharge  leader of  Congress party on 3.11.2018, Saturday moved the Supreme court of India against the removal of CBI Chief Alok Verma.

Kharge in his petition said that, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suo moto action of sending CBI director Alok Verma on leave is illegal and is in violation of the CBI Act.” As per the Act, a three-member committee consisting of the prime minister, the Chief Justice of India and the  leader of opposition can take a decision on the appointment or removal of the CBI director. But as the removal of Alok Verma was taken single handedly by the PM, it was illegal.

He further said that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has no power to act against the CBI director. Kharge’s petition to SC comes in the midst of increasingly strong accusations by  Congress President Rahul Gandhi that the CBI Chief was removed to prevent investigations in the Rafale fighter jet deal. 

They have accused the BJP government of huge corruption and cover up in the Rafale deal, saying that Dassault Aviation paid Rs 284 crore as the “first instalment of kickbacks” to Anil Ambani’s company.