Congress president Rahul Gandhi today led a nation-wide protest against the Narendra Modi government’s move to divest the premier investigation agency CBI’s director Alok Verma of his powers. He himself led the protest at CBI headquarters in Delhi and similar protests were held all over the country at CBI offices. He was also arrested on this occasion and was at the Lodhi Colony police station, along with other Congress leaders, for almost an hour.
Moments after release, Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack against PM Modi. ‘PM can run, he can hide but in the end, truth will be revealed,’ Gandhi said. ‘Removing CBI Director (Alok Verma) will not help. PM acted against CBI Director; it was an act out of panic,’ Gandhi said on the CBI mess. He also slammed Anil Ambani over the Rafale deal. However, Gandhi didn’t comment on the Supreme Court’s order on Verma’s plea.
He alleged yesterday that Verma was “removed in panic” because he was going to begin a probe into the Rafale deal. The government hit back, accusing him of “spreading falsehood” over the issue of CBI Director Alok Verma and said that he was living in “hallucination”.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi marched along with hundreds of party leaders and workers for about a kilometre from Dyal Singh College on Lodhi Road to the CBI headquarters at the CGO complex, holding up placards with slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Scores of police personnel were deployed along the way.
The march ended in a demonstration near the CBI office and Rahul Gandhi got on to a truck in front of the police barricades put up to prevent the protesters from reaching the building. The Congress leaders then courted arrest. Among the other senior Congress leaders who joined the march were Ashok Gehlot, Ahmed Patel, Motilal Vora, Veerappa Moily and Anand Sharma. Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, CPI leader D Raja and Nadimul Haque of the Trinamul Congress also joined the protest.