CBI Director Alok Verma's midnight sacking and Rafale connection

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The Centre’s Narendra Modi government summarily dismissed CBI Director Alok Verma from his post in a midnight order after the federal probe agency’s number two, Rakesh Asthana, was raided for corruption. Asthana, Modi’s blue-eyed officer, was accused of receiving Rs 2 crore for a favourable settlement of the case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi.
Alok Verma
However, what puzzled everyone was the punitive action against Verma, who had acted against his own allegedly corrupt officer. Many believed that Modi was unhappy over his favourite officer being punished. The prime minister, many insiders felt, was concerned that the action against Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer, would be a personal indictment of Modi.
However, soon more details emerged suggesting that the action against Verma was linked to the Rafale scam since the CBI chief was reportedly about to start a probe the allegations of corruption into the defence dea that Modi personally signed. Modi is accused of having struck the deal to help his billionaire friend Anil Ambani by making his company the Indian offset partner, thereby helping him with thousands of crores of windfall.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “PM removed the CBI Director to stop him from investigating Rafale. Mr 56 broke the law when he bypassed CJI & LOP. Mr Modi, Rafale is a deadly aircraft with a superb radar. You can run, but you can’t hide from It.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too asked, “Is there a co-relation between the Rafale deal and removal of Alok Verma? Was Alok Verma about to start investigations into Rafale, which cud become problem for Modi ji?”
Journalist Rahul Kanwal tweeted saying that he was about to ‘order a preliminary inquiry into charges in the Rafale deal.’ “They believe this is part of the reason a mid-night coup was initiated against him,” he added.
Meanwhile, Verma has challenged his dismissal in the Supreme Court making stunning allegations of impropriety against the government. In his petition, Verma stressed on the need for an independent CBI adding that present circumstances occurred when ‘certain investigation into high functionaries do not take the direction that may be desirable to the government.’
Much to the dismay of the central government, the top court has agreed to hear his petition on Friday.
 

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