Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan claimed in a tweet Wednesday that Central Bureau of Investigation Director Alok Verma was asked to go on leave because he was interested in probing the controversial Rafale deal. Bhushan, along with former BJP ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, filed a complaint—which named Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defence minister Manohar Parrikar—with the agency.
Although there is no mention of the controversial Rafale deal in the shake-up of the top brass of the premier investigating agency in the intervening night of 23 and 24 October, officially Verma was asked to proceed on leave along with his deputy Special Director Rakesh Asthana against whom he is engaged in a severe turf war over the meat trader Moin Qureshi bribery case. Both IPS officers have levelled allegations of grave misdoings against each other.
The Rafale deal is fast turning out to be a political potboiler with both the Congress and the BJP getting involved in serious mudslinging from Modi to Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Calling the Rafale deal the “largest defence scam that the country has seen”, Bhushan on 13 October hoped the CBI would act on the complaint made by him and two others against Modi in the matter.