CVC Should Have Resigned on His Own After Supreme Court Verdict: Congress
“Many aspects of the illegal midnight operation are still shrouded in mystery. What business did the CVC have to reach the CBI headquarters?” the party asked.
After the ouster of Alok Verma from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Congress party on Friday, January 11 has demanded the removal of Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) KV Chowdary. The party asserted that the commision was at the centre of the “illegal midnight operation” in the CBI last year, referring to the removal of Verma from the position of CBI director on October 23, 2018, on the basis of a CVC report.
The Telegraph quoted Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma saying, “The CVC (Chowdary) should have resigned on his own after the verdict (Supreme Court verdict). The CVC Act clearly says it has no authority to appoint or dismiss the CBI (chief) but it acted as a government instrument.” Further, he said, “The CVC makes the panel for appointment of the CBI chief in consultation with the home minister. The panel prepared by this CVC will have no sanctity — the entire process will be vitiated.”
Sharma, additionally, questioned the appointment of a successor to Verma as the interim CBI director. “Many aspects of the illegal midnight operation are still shrouded in mystery. What business did the CVC have to reach the CBI headquarters along with the secretary to the DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training) in the middle of the night (October 23-24)?”
Similarly, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that that the CVC is neither the appointing authority nor the removing authority for the CBI director, adding that the CVC report “is not gospel truth to form the entire and sole basis for the Committee to remove Verma”.
“The CVC report can never be a substitute for a due process of law enquiry. The Committee has overlooked the fact that the CVC report which is the sole basis of the Committee’s conclusions is based upon charges raised by a complainant (Shri Asthana) who is not only himself under CBI investigation but whose petition to stop and quash such investigation has been dismissed today. The entire CVC Report is based on conjectures, premises, speculations and unsubstantiated inferences, as demonstrated below by quoting from the self-same CVC report,” Singhvi told reporters at a press conference.
On January 10, a high-powered committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which also comprised of SC judge Justice AK Sikri and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, announced the removal of Alok Verma from as CBI Director. Verma’s hasty ouster has been at the crosshairs of criticism from the Opposition and social activists.