Congress joins CBIvsCBI war; moves SC over Alok Verma's forced leave

New Delhi, Nov 3, News24 Bureau: Congress has moved Supreme Court in Alok Verma's support. Questioning the government's decision to send Verma on leave, Kharge said in his petition that neither the Central Vigilance Commission nor the government can curtain Verma's tenure.This is a new twist in the CBIvsCBI story. Congress has now come forward soliciting support for CBI chief Alok Verma who has been sent on leave.Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday moved the Supreme Court in support of Alok Verma, pressing for a full term for the CBI director who has been divested of all charges amid the turmoil in the agency.Congress says CVC or government can't curtail CBI chief's tenure.Asserting that the law provides for a two-year term, Kharge's intervention application in Verma's petition has termed the governments move as arbitrary and illegal.Kharge's petition comes amid Congress allegations that Verma was removed from the post as he wanted to investigate the Rafale fighter jet deal. Party chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that French firm Dassault Aviation paid Rs 284 crore as "first installment of kickbacks" to Anil Ambani's company.Anil Ambani's Reliance Group rejected Gandhi's charges as false and said Ambani and his company are being continuously dragged into a political battle in view of upcoming polls.In an unprecedented shake-up in the CBI's 55-year-history, both Verma and his deputy, Special Director Rakesh Asthana, were divested of their powers and sent on leave in a dramatic overnight action by the government last month.

With Agencies