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Mamata Banerjee Gives CBI a New Name as Oppn Fires Tough Questions at Modi Govt

The opposition has questioned the Narendra Modi government's authority to divest CBI director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana of all charges in the middle of an investigation.

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Updated:October 24, 2018, 11:57 AM IST
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Mamata Banerjee Gives CBI a New Name as Oppn Fires Tough Questions at Modi Govt
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New Delhi: The government decision to divest CBI director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana of all charges in the middle of a bitter feud triggered a fresh war of words on Wednesday, with the opposition questioning its authority to do so. The prime minister-led Appointments Committee in an order on Tuesday night gave interim charge of the agency to joint director M Nageshwara Rao. The order implies that the government has side lined all the three additional directors, number three in the agency hierarchy, including A K Sharma whose name had figured in the complaint by Asthana.

Lashing out at the BJP-led government at the Centre, AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal alleged that it was trying to “hide” something and questioned if there was a link to the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal. “What are the reasons for sending CBI director on leave? Under which law did the Modi govt get the authority to initiate action against the chief of an investigating agency appointed as per the Lokpal Act ? What is Modi govt trying to hide ? (sic),” he tweeted.





West Bengal CM Mamata Bannerjee said the CBI has now become "BBI".



CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury termed the move as “illegal” and alleged a “cover-up”. “The illegal removal of CBI Chief by Modi government to protect their own handpicked officer, against whom serious charges of corruption are being investigated, points to attempts at a serious cover-up to protect his direct links to the BJP's top political leadership,” he said.





In a series of tweets, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the PM can’t “interfere” in the middle of a “criminal investigation”.





| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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