Narendra Modi government at the center is said to be upset with the audience provided by CBI director Alok Verma to former union minister Arun Shourie and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prasanth Bhushan, to receive a complaint with regard to Rafale deal. The government was shocked to know that the CBI director has received a complaint in person, last week, that too from severe government critics.
The third signatory on the complaint was former union minister Yashwant Sinha. It may be recalled that both Shoure and Sinha were in BJP and served in the union cabinet during Vajapeyi regime. But, off late they turned to be bitter critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The government circles says that the normal procedure is to receive such complaints at the reception counter of the CBI and even junior level officials also refuse to receive complaints in person.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seems to be otherwise also unhappy with Alok Verma, due to his allged tussle with CBI special director Rakesh Asthana, the second senior-most officer in the agency. It may be recalled that Asthana was a trusted official of Modi, during his service in Gujarat government and he was personally handpicked by him for CBI.
Along with a detailed complaint under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Shourie and Bhushan submitted documents buttressing their argument that the deal needs to be probed. Alleging that the offset contract for the Rafale aircraft was actually a commission to a subsidiary of Anil Ambani’s Reliance group, they asked CBI director Alok Verma to take the government’s permission to initiate a probe in accordance with the law.