Oppn comes out all guns blazing
New Delhi: Opposition parties Wednesday launched a blistering attack against the government over CBI Director Alok Verma's removal with the Congress alleging that the decision was taken due to 'Rafale-o-phobia' as he was collecting documents relating to the Rafale jet deal.
Leading the attack against the government on the issue, Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged Verma was forcibly sent on leave as he was collecting documents relating to the Rafale 'scam' and the country and its Constitution were in danger under the ruling dispensation.
Jaitley dismissed as "rubbish" the allegations by the Opposition that Verma was removed because he was collecting documents on the Rafale fighter jet deal.
Many opposition leaders including TMC's Mamata Banerjee, CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechuri, BSP's Mayawati, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and CPI's D Raja also attacked the government over Verma's removal.
"CBI has now become so-called BBI (BJP Bureau of Investigation) - very unfortunate!" Banerjee tweeted.
BSP supremo alleged the Centre's "vindictive, casteist and communal policies" had put not only the CBI but other agencies as well under duress.
DMK president M K Stalin also slammed the government for removing Verma, alleging that institutional freedom was facing serious threat under the Modi government.
"Director Alok Verma being sent on leave at a crucial time appears motivated with #RafaleScam under the scanner. The appointment of a corrupt officer as interim head of #CBI is equally questionable," he tweeted.
In his reaction, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechuri alleged that the government removed CBI chief Verma to protect its 'handpicked' officer Asthana.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal echoed him.
"What are the reasons for sending CBI director on leave? What is Modi govt trying to hide?" he said on Twitter.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) too condemned the action taken by the government against Verma.
CPI leader D Raja described the situation in the CBI as one akin to a "coup" that has shocked the nation.