Narendra Modi trying to protect Asthana: CPM

The CPM on Thursday targeted the NDA government for sending CBI Director Alok Verma on leave and transferring certain officials, saying it revealed its bias and was an attempt to protect IPS officer Rakesh Asthana. (PTI Photo)

The CPM on Thursday targeted the NDA government for sending CBI Director Alok Verma on leave and transferring certain officials, saying it revealed its bias and was an attempt to protect IPS officer Rakesh Asthana, who is "considered a favourite" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

While it raised questions about the appointment of Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao as interim CBI chief saying he himself has a "controversial record", the party also claimed that the government has exposed its intent not only to protect Asthana but also to pre-empt any move on the part of the director to initiate a preliminary enquiry into the Rafale deal.

In an editorial in the party mouthpiece 'Peoples Democracy', the CPM said Modi has "conducted a virtual coup" against Verma, who had initiated the probe against Asthana. "...the action of the Modi government in taking the unprecedented step of removing him (Verma), can be seen as a move to protect the number two in the agency. Asthana is considered a favourite of the Modi-Shah duo," it said.

Noting that Verma had objected to Asthana's promotion, citing corruption allegations against him, it said the "root cause" for the present crisis in the CBI is the "systematic efforts to place favoured officers in key positions in all vital institutions" and it was with this aim that Asthana was made an Additional Director in the CBI.


ALSO READ

 Verma snooped on? Four men detained from outside his house

Govt blames Verma for CBI credibility crisis?

SC petitioned for 'independent' probe into Asthana

Verma moves SC over 'rapid fire' decision


"Instead of allowing the case (against Asthana) to proceed as per the law and asking Asthana to go on leave, or, be suspended, the Prime Minister, who looks after the department of personnel and training under which the CBI functions, has intervened to remove the director...Various officers dealing with the Asthana case have been transferred out of Delhi, thus revealing the bias of the government," it said.

The CPM, also argued that by removing Verma from office, the Modi government has "exposed its intent not only to protect Asthana but also to pre-empt any move" on the part of the director to initiate a preliminary enquiry into the Rafale deal. Recently, senior leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan submitted a detailed complaint on the Rafale deal.

"Under the Modi government, this caged parrot began to squawk loudly. The CBI and the ED have become instruments for political vendetta and targeting of the opposition. They are also used to intimidate and bring into line businessmen. It is this misuse of the CBI which has encouraged the abuse of power within the agency for personal enrichment. The FIR lodged by the CBI has accused its own officer of running an extortion racket within the agency," it added.

Liked the story?

  • 4

    Happy
  • 0

    Amused
  • 0

    Sad
  • 0

    Frustrated
  • 0

    Angry

Comments:

Narendra Modi trying to protect Asthana: CPM

0 comments

Write the first review for this !