Allegations Against Alok Verma A Joke, Manufactured: BJP MP Subramanian Swamy
"That is all manufactured and started by Asthana," he said.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Subramanian Swamy on Friday, said that the allegations against former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma are a “joke”. He asserted that Verma is an “honest officer’ who wouldn’t even misappropriate a “packet of salt”.
Speaking to BloombergQuint, Swamy claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not fulfilling its promise to fight corruption, an example of which is current situation in the CBI.
He said, “I knew him (Verma) when he was Delhi Police Commissioner and seen his work and how he reduced corruption in Delhi Police and prosecuted officers of misdemeanour. He was given a promotion on merit as CBI director and then they started targeting him. They brought totally illegally, Mr Asthana from Gujarat and placed him as special director.”
“Then they all began to work to see that Mr Verma leaves and Mr Asthana takes over. But Verma turned out to be a tough guy and that’s how the whole clash has come and that’s why I am supporting Mr Verma,” he added.
Swamy asserted that the charges against Verma are “manufactured.” He said, “It’s a joke. I don’t think you can even charge him of corruption of a packet of salt. That is all manufactured and started by Asthana. So that he would resign and Asthana could take over as director.”
On PM Modi, Swamy told BloombergQuint, “The number of banquets he (Modi) attends of heads of states itself takes 30-40 percent of his time. The question is, does he delegate his authority to those people who are honest and have them probed from time to time to see whether they have become rogue or not. He didn’t do it.”
The Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre, in the wee hours of Wednesday, sent Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma on leave after he had filed an FIR against Special Director Rakesh Asthana for corruption and bribery.
According to The Indian Express report, Verma was working on several critical cases, including the NDA government’s purchase of 36 Rafale Jets from France, which resulted in his unprecedented exit.