Congress hails Supreme Court order on CVC probe

New Delhi: The Congress on Friday hailed the Supreme Court order on the ousted CBI chief’s petition as “a slap in face of tyrants who wanted to pin the last nail in CBI’s independence.” In a tweet post, its chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said: “Truth prevails in Supreme Court. Modi Govt’s sinister attempt to capture CBI through lackeys falls flat.

“CVC can’t act as Modi Govt’s pawn but would be supervised by a former SC judge to act fairly.” Noting that “in an ‘exception,’ SC has directed that enquiry by the CVC will be monitored by a Retd SC judge,” Surjewala said: “You are the sole reason for this trust deficit.” Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot tweeted: “Our Party would continue to vigorously expose the evil designs of the govt, how Modi ji n (and) his party are destroying one more agency of the country, #CBI.

They are doing this to hide one of the biggest scams this country has seen, the #RafaleScam.” The party said “brazen attempts to interfere, infiltrate or capture institutions” will not be tolerated and “people of India will remind you (Modi) in 2019 that bad governments come with an expiry date!” The apex court on Friday appointed one of its former judges, Justice A.K. Patnaik, to supervise an inquiry into the allegations against CBI Director Alok Verma while giving two weeks time to the Central Vigilance Commission to complete the probe.

This came “despite the goverment’s protests in court”, as a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Krishan Kaul and Justice K.M. Joseph called the probe an “exception” to be supervised, stripping the interim Director M. Nageswara Rao of all powers except daily administration, Surjewala said. “History will not forget how you severely underminined the reputation of two premier institutions, CBI and CVC. You are the sole reason for this trust deficit!,” the party said hailing the top court’s decision.

Rahul refuses to comment

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday refused to comment on the Supreme Court order on an inquiry into the allegations against CBI Director Alok Verma by the CVC, saying it was a “process being carried out”.

“It’s a Supreme Court judgement, a process that is being carried out. I don’t want to comment on it,” Gandhi told reporters outside the Lodhi Road police station where he was briefly detained for leading a protest outside the CBI headquarters.

“But I will say that the Prime Minister acted against the Director of the CBI as a result of panic, as a result of fear, because he has helped Mr Anil Ambani with Rs 30,000 crore,” he said.

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