Emergency Meeting in PMO after CBI Officer’s Bribery and Corruption allegations against Modi Minister, Bureaucrats
Per a report in The Telegraph, government officials believe that it has become difficult for Modi to remain silent.
An emergency meeting of the top officials of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) followed shocking allegations made by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) DIG Manish Kumar Sinha to the Supreme Court on Monday, November 19. Reportedly, the government was left “shell-shocked” by the allegations of corruption levelled by Sinha against a minister and high-ranking bureaucrats.
An unnamed senior official in the government said, “Soon after the explosive petition in the apex court, the top PMO officials were busy in an afternoon huddle, chalking out plans on how to respond to the charges.” The official added, “The top officials discussed the possible ramifications and ways to counter the allegations. Given the scenario, the apex court may ask the government to respond to the charges mentioned in the petition. They deliberated on the government’s response in the court.”
Additional principal secretary to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, PK Mishra chaired the emergency meeting which, according to The Telegraph report, extended late into the evening. The meeting was held even as the SC was due to hear Sinha’s petition on Tuesday, November 20.
MK Sinha’s Allegations
Sinha, in his intervening application filed before the SC against his transfer order out of the CBI, said that when he interviewed Satish Sana — the whistleblower in the bribery case against Rakesh Asthana — Sana admitted to paying a bribe of “a few crores” to Narendra Modi-led government’s minister Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary. The money was paid over a 10-month period, starting from December 2017.
MK Sinha’s petition says that after Sana’s statements were recorded and brought on record by the Investigating officer, and on the basis of inputs of CBI Special Cell searches were conducted on October 20, 2018, “at the residence and the office of Shri Devender Kumar, DySP, CBI who was investigating the Moin Qureshi case”. However, CBI Director Alok Verma reportedly received a call from NSA Doval, to stop the search.
The Telegraph reported that sources said that government officials believe that it has become difficult for PM Modi to remain silent. As it stands, Modi has continued to maintain an inexplicable silence even as the dubiousness of the inner working of the CBI has continued to steadily spill outwards.