Congress President Rahul Gandhi today courted arrest along with top party leaders during a massive opposition-backed protest in the national capital against the government’s move to send CBI chief Alok Verma on leave. Mr Gandhi and his colleagues later went to a police station as hundreds of Congress workers demonstrated outside. He left the police station after some time.
The Congress has slammed the government for what it says is the “illegal, unconstitutional and illegitimate removal of the CBI director”. The government has sent Mr Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on forced leave after both accused each other of taking bribe from the same businessman. Leaders from the Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI(M) and other parties marched from Dyal Singh College in central Delhi’s Lodhi Road to the CBI headquarters, 4.2 km away.
Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, CPI’s D Raja and TMC’s Nadimul Haque joined the Congress protest. Setting the agenda for the march, Mr Gandhi on Thursday said Mr Verma being sent on administrative leave was to pre-empt an investigation into the Prime Minister’s alleged role in the Rafale deal.