Accusing the Modi government of undermining the CBI as an institution and of firing “political bullets” from CVC’s shoulders, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said CVC was a “collaborator in violating the Constitution”.
Congress said the CVC report was based on unsubstantiated charges made by CBI special director Rakesh Asthana, who is himself under CBI investigation and whose petition to quash an investigation pending against him was dismissed by the Delhi HC on Friday. “The entire CVC report is based on conjectures, premises, speculations and unsubstantiated references, and the selection committee depended entirely on this report to dismiss Verma,” Singhvi said, adding that the CVC office was “completely bulldozed into running a ‘Save Modi Operation’ – an apparent reference to the Rafale deal.
Verma’s removal also led to outrage from other parties, like CPM, which alleged that CBI is under attack by the Modi regime. The opposition reiterated its call for an independent inquiry into the events that unfolded on October 23, when Verma was first sent on forced leave.