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CBI vs CBI Decision To Send Me on Leave'Patently Illegal And Unconstitutional, Says Alok Verma

CBI vs CBI Decision To Send Me on Leave'Patently Illegal And Unconstitutional, Says Alok Verma

This decision by the Central government to send Verma on leave came in the wake of the internal crisis that has plagued the CBI after it registered an FIR against its joint Director Rakesh Asthana.

Later, Gandhi and other leaders were taken to the Lodhi Colony police station in a police bus and Surjewala tweeted that Gandhi and other leaders have been arrested.

Nariman referred to the CVC and Centre's orders divesting Verma of his duty.

M Nageswara Rao, who took charge as the interim chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday, can take no policy decisions following the Supreme Court's order today.

Nearly a year before that, another bench of the Supreme Court had come down heavily on the CBI while hearing a coal scam case and had said the probe agency had become a "caged parrot" speaking in the voice of its political masters.

As Verma's plea comes up for hearing in Supreme Court on Friday, October 26, many concerned citizens and social media users have sought the intervention of the top court to ensure his safety and security.

"This was necessary in the larger interest of fairness because you can't be heading an agency which is investigating into your own conduct", he said.

This may have worked for the government in the Supreme Court as its softer stance allowed it to defend what was being called an "illegal decision".

On Thursday, the Congress chief held a press conference and launched a scathing attack on PM Modi for "illegally" removing the CBI Director and claimed that it was a panic reaction over the ongoing investigation in the Rafale fighter jet deal. Though the court granted two weeks time to the CVC to complete the inquiry, it turned down the request for probe without any monitoring.

He argued that CBI director is appointed for a tenure of two years by a committee comprising the Prime Minister, leader of opposition and the Chief Justice of India as per provisions of the DSPE Act. The Congress also feels comfortable with the fact that the CVC, which is directly under the government, will now be accountable to an independent person, which was not the case before.

Addressing the gathering of Congress protesters earlier in the day, Gandhi accused Modi of destroying institutions such as the CBI, the Election Commission and the Enforcement Directorate.

If the Supreme Court puts a seal over the government's decision, the Modi ministry should cheer and heave a sigh of relief.

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