Modi government miffed with CBI Director Alok Verma for meeting Arun Shourie, Prashant Bhushan
New Delhi Oct 11 : The government is reportedly unhappy with CBI Director Alok Verma meeting former Union minister Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan who demanded a probe into the alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal. Last week, Shourie and Bhushan met the CBI Director, submitted documents and demanded a probe into alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal and offset contract, PTI reported.
“This was perhaps for the first time that politicians have met the CBI Director in his office. Such a meeting is rare,” a government official said, indicating that the government has not taken the meeting kindly.
On the alleged infighting in the CBI the official said that some government officials have gone “rogue” and if such quarrel continues, the organisation will suffer.
The CBI Director, who is scheduled to remain in office till January 2019, is engaged in a bitter fight with Special Director of the agency Rakesh Asthana. Both sides have been levelling allegation against each other in public, something which is unheard of in the history of 77 years of the organization, PTI reported.
In their meeting, Shourie, who is a vocal critic of the Modi government, and Bhushan, a former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader, urged the CBI Director to take the government’s permission to initiate a probe in accordance with the law.