CBI vs CBI: BJP accuses Rahul Gandhi of indulging in 'petty politics', praises Narendra Modi for his 'statesmanship'
BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimhra Rao was responding to a tweet by Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari, who criticised the decision saying a CBI director's tenure is fixed for two years and the government cannot curtail it.
New Delhi: The BJP Wednesday said Congress president Rahul Gandhi indulged in "petty politics" by taking sides in the row involving top CBI officers while Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonstrated statesmanship by acting against them to protect the agency's institutional integrity.
"Rahul Gandhi indulged in petty politics by taking sides while Narendra Modi demonstrated statesmanship by acting on warring officers to protect institutional integrity. Extreme situations require extraordinary measures," BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimhra Rao said.
He was responding to a tweet by Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari, who criticised the decision saying a CBI director's tenure is fixed for two years and the government cannot curtail it without a meeting of the selection committee.
The committee includes the chief justice of India, the prime minister and the leader of single largest Opposition party.
Responding to Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala's attack on the government, Rao said everyone knew why the Congress and Gandhi have been taking sides and targeting officers probing cases involving leaders like P Chidambaram and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, and Gandhi's "blue eyed boy" Vijay Mallya among others.
CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana has been involved in investigation of many of these cases.
The Congress has projected him as a "blue-eyed" person of the prime minister's office.
With CBI Director Alok Verma and Asthana levelling allegations against each other, the government on Wednesday sent both of them on leave, divesting them of their powers.
"Government's timely action will ensure timely probes and no respite for the accused," Rao tweeted.
Surjewala had said "habitual and perpetual misuse of the CBI by the government and the BJP to tamper fair investigation of serious criminal cases is the reason for this unfathomable mess".
The petitioner, lawyer Sadre Alam, sought quashing of the 27 July order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs appointing Asthana as the Delhi Police Commissioner while granting him inter-cadre deputation and extension of service by one year
The former prime minister was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Wednesday evening after he suffered from fever and weakness
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