CBI Row: Cong Stages Nationwide Protest, TMC Lends Support


New Delhi: The Indian National Congress on Friday has staged nationwide protest against the removal of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma.

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that entire Congress will gather in front of CBI headquarter in New Delhi.

Earlier in the day Gandhi sharpened his attack on Modi, saying Verma was “removed in panic” because he was going to begin a probe into the controversial Rafale deal that would have been “suicidal” for Modi. The BJP has said that the Congress chief was spreding falsehood over the issue.

In a dramatic midnight action, the government on Wednesday divested CBI chief Verma of his charge and made Joint Director M. Nageshwar Rao interim director.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) took the decision past midnight as war between CBI chief Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations hurled at each other. Asthana was also divested of all supervisory charges on Tuesday.