New Delhi, Jan 13: With former CBI director Alok Verma alleging that CVC KV Chowdary tried to get him to drop adverse references in Rakesh Asthana’s annual performance appraisal reports, Congress on Sunday attacked Chowdary, demanding his immediate removal from office and accusing him of being a “Collaborator for Violating the Constitution (CVC)”.
Congress raked up media reports in which Verma said the CVC visited him with a request to remove adverse entries in his deputy Rakesh Asthana’s performance records, acted as his “arbiter”, and assured him “everything will be ok” if this were done. Verma was also reported as having turned down Chowdary’s request.
“Till now, we were told the CBI was a “caged parrot”. We are now seeing a new ‘Vigilant slave’ of the government,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, tearing into the CVC and the government and adding it was probably the first time a CVC had been reduced to being an “agent” out to do “advocacy” for an officer facing serious charges of graft.
Singhvi also alleged he was confident that the comprehensive report of the CVC on the unceremonious removal of CBI director Alok Verma had not been not shared with Justice Patnaik, nor with the Supreme Court, when it heard the case.
The CBI issue, which has gone through multiple twists since it led to CBI director Alok Verma’s removal on October 23 last year, also saw the Congress allege that the CVC was working at the behest of higher ups — Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP president Amit Shah. “None except the top two people in this country, who rule this country dictatorially, can claim the power to treat and make the CVC act like a puppet, and these master puppeteers can only be doing it to hide something. To hide something like Rafale,” Singhvi said.
Describing the CVC report as “hatchet job” that Chowdary compiled at the government’s behest, Congress also reiterated that the Supreme Court set aside the CVC report on grounds that only the selection committee can decide, not the CVC. “But the same report is used by the committee to set aside the tenure of Mr Verma,” Singhvi said.