Opp gathers CBI ammo, RaGa to lead protest outside bureau’s HQ

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The opposition will use the CBI imbroglio, today, as deadly ammunition to protest against the government. The Congress president Rahul Gandhi will lead the protest outside the investigative agency’s headquarters in Delhi on Friday.

The state leaders will protest in front of the CBI offices in their respective states. Gandhi took to Twitter and said that outside offices of the CBI nationwide, the Congress party will protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged disgraceful attempt to prevent an investigation into the alleged Rafale scam by “removing” the CBI Director Alok Verma.

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However, CBI official spokesperson today confirmed that Alok Verma will continue to remain CBI Director, Rakesh Asthana to remain Special Director. Rao will look after duties and functions of the CBI Director in the interim period till the time CVC looks into the allegations, it said.

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M Nageshwar Rao was appointed as the interim director of the CBI on Wednesday with immediate effect. Rao, a 1986 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Odisha cadre, was working as the Joint Director in the investigating agency.

The Centre’s decision came after Asthana moved the Delhi High Court seeking the quashing of First Information Report (FIR) filed against him by the premier investigating agency of India. The court later ordered that no action would be taken against Asthana until next hearing, which is scheduled for October 29.

The CBI had filed an FIR against Asthana for allegedly accepting a bribe from a businessman, who was linked to Moin Akhtar Qureshi case. Asthana was heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that was probing Qureshi’s case.

 

(with ANI inputs)

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