Rahul Gandhi plays doctor to PM Modi, says he lost sleep over Alok Verma ouster

Continuing the tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Rafale deal and recent sacking of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Alok Verma, Rahul Gandhi said that now “fear” is looming through PM Modi’s mind and he “couldn’t sleep”.

“Fear is now rampaging through Mr Modi’s mind. He can’t sleep. He stole 30,000cr from the IAF and gave it to Anil Ambani. Sacking the CBI Chief #AlokVerma twice in a row, clearly shows that he is now a prisoner of his own lies. Satyamev Jayate,” Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter.

Alok Verma was removed from the post of CBI director two days after resuming office by a high-powered selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty. The decision was taken following the Supreme Court order that reinstated him on Tuesday (January 8).

Hours after the move, Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at PM Modi and accused him of “tearing hurry to sack CBI chief” due to Rafale case.

“1. Why is the PM in such a tearing hurry to sack the CBI Chief? 2. Why will he not allow the CBI Chief to present his case in front of the selection committee? Answer: RAFALE,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Transferred on basis of false, frivolous allegations: Alok Verma

Meanwhile, on Friday, Alok Verma said he was transferred on the basis of “false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations”.

“I have tried to uphold the integrity of the institution while attempts were being made to destroy it,” he said.

He also said, “I have been transferred to another post pursuant to the orders of the committee which was assigned the task of deciding my future course of action as Director CBI. I have stood up for the integrity of the institution, and if asked, will do it again in order to uphold the rule of law.”

Alok Verma’s removal by panel led by PM Modi

On Thursday, the high-powered committee led by PM Modi met for over two hours to decide the fate of Alok Verma, reinstated by a Supreme Court order after he was sent on forced leave by the government.

The meeting was also attended by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice AK Sikri, who was nominated by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to represent him. Kharge raised objections in the meeting.

The panel took into account the extremely serious nature of observations made by the Central Vigilance Commission against Alok Verma. The panel was of the view that being the head of a very sensitive organisation, Verma was not functioning with the integrity expected of him.

In the end, it was 2-1 against Verma. PM Modi and Justice Sikri voted for Verma’s removal.