New Delhi, News24 Bureau, October 26: The Congress is holding protests on Friday outside all CBI offices across the country, demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reinstatement of CBI director Alok Verma who was sent on leave.
Top Congress leaders are part of the protest outside the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters in the national capital, while state leaders, including state party chiefs, will take part in similar protests.
Congress will ask the prime minister to apologise to the nation for "illegal and unconstitutional" sending on leave of the CBI director. The party will also seek reinstatement of Verma.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi is leading protest march from Dyal Singh College to CBI HQ against the removal of CBI Chief Alok Verma.
Along with Rahul Gandhi, senior party leader Ashok Gehlot is also leading the protest march to Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters against the removal of agency chief Alok Verma.
Congress's Anand Sharma, Communist Party of India's D Raja and former Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav are also joining the protest march.
The Trinamool Congress is represented in the protests by Rajya Sabha MP Nadimul Haque.
Congress workers also held protests outside CBI offices in Chandigarh and Lucknow.
A late-night order on Tuesday from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who were at loggerheads, on leave.
Besides sending Verma and Asthana on leave, the government also transferred several CBI officials and appointed M Nageswar Rao as the interim chief of the agency.
Verma moved the Supreme Court Wednesday challenging the government's decision after which the apex court agreed to hear his plea on Friday. Shortly the hearing will begin.
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