Government action intended to restore credibility of CBI: Arun Jaitley

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 24, 2018, 12.54 PM(IST)

File photo of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( ANI )

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Calling the battle in CBI as an "extraordinary," Jaitley said, "It is important that the fairness of our investigation agency is maintained."

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the move of sending CBI chief and deputy on leave was taken to maintain the investigative agency's institutional integrity and credibility.

"CBI is India's premier investigation agency and hence the maintenance of its institutional integrity is essential. This is important not only for the scandals being probed in India, but also to maintain the credible image of the agency globally. Unfortunately, the top two officers of CBI have alleged bribery cases against each other," Jaitley said.

On midnight order of the government, Jaitley said, 'The CVC met last evening. If the government acts fast, it is said why the hurry and if it is slow, it is termed as policy paralysis. The CVCs recommendation and the government's action is intended to restore the institutional integrity and credibility of CBI'.

Calling the battle in CBI as an "extraordinary," Jaitley said, "It is important that the fairness of our investigation agency is maintained."

"Regarding, the charge the three opposition parties have made, I regard this charge as a rubbish. The fact that the 3 opposition parties are saying, that we know what the agency was going to do next, itself casts a serious doubt on the fairness process," said Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The Opposition has come down heavily on the Modi government for Verma’s removal, with the Congress dubbing it the “last nail” in the agency’s independence and the CPI(M) calling it illegal.