CBI ROW: SC asks govt to complete probe in two weeks; Rahul arrested amid Congress protests before CBI offices across country


NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi was arrested Friday afternoon while leading a protest in front of the CBI headquarters here, targeting the Modi government over the grim happenings at the nation’s top investigating agency. Protests were held by the Congress in front of CBI offices across the nation.

During the day, the Supreme Court intervened in the CBI affairs following petitions filed by CBI chief Alok Verma and others, including Common Cause, against the removal of Verma from the post of CBI director. The court asked the government to complete the probe against Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana in two weeks’ time, and also ruled that the investigations would be watched by the apex court as well. The apex court would also oversee the functioning of the CBI during this period, and interim chief Nageswar Rao cannot take any policy decisions. 

On behalf of the Union Government, finance minister Arun Jaitley hailed the apex court order.

The two top directors were taken out of their jobs, temporarily, pending investigations into charges of feuding in the agency headquarters and amid allegations of huge bribe-taking. The decision on this was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet, which met late at night two days ago under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Following this, the offices of the two officers were sealed, and CBI began investigations into the allegations against its own officials. Several CBI officials from Delhi were transferred outside the capital, too.

The decision by the Appointments Committee came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi summoned the two top officials to find out what was going wrong with the CBI. 

The Congress party is bent on taking political advantage out of the present happenings in the CBI, though the party itself was a party to the gradual deterioration of the standards of investigations at the CBI, by using it as a “caged parrot”, as the Supreme Court had once observed. –IHN-NN

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