Congress President, Leading Opposition Protest Amid Big CBI War, Courts Arrest

Congress President, Leading Opposition Protest Amid Big CBI War, Courts Arrest

Congress president Rahul Gandhi leads a protest outside the CBI headquarters in New Delhi 

New Delhi: Today, Rahul Gandhi, the Congress President along with senior leaders of other opposition parties turned up outside the headquarters of CBI in Delhi in a massive show of force against what they said was the government's attempt to interfere in the probe agency's functioning. Mr Gandhi along with protestors went Lodhi Road police station to court arrest.

The CBI chief Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on forced leave, by the government, after both accused each other of taking bribe from the same businessman.

The leaders from parties like, 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.  Sharad Yadav, the leader of Loktantrik Janata Dal, CPI's D Raja and TMC's Nadimul Haque joined the Congress protest.

Rahul Gandhi, who led the march of hundreds of people who shouted slogans and carried placards and posters that criticised the government. In the march, a man holding a white sheet of paper with "CBI" written on it was seen inside a cage,  referring to the CBI being a caged parrot.


The Congress President then got on to a truck in front of police barricades near the CBI headquarters in the CGO complex to prevent the protestors from reaching the building.

Ashok Ghelot, the Congress general secretary said that the party wants Mr Verma to be "reinstated" as the decision to remove him was "illegal".

Outside the CBI offices across the country, the protest marches are being organised. Police had to use water canon to rein in the protestors, in some places.

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The Congress President has said the midnight removal of CBI chief Alok Verma was a "disgraceful and unconstitutional attempt" by PM Modi to block an investigation into the Rafale fighter jet deal.

"Why was M Nageswar Rao appointed as CBI director in a hurry? All parties should protest against this along with Congress party," AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.  Mamata Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister said that the CBI has become "BBI", short for "BJP bureau of investigation".

Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot wrote a letter to all Congress general secretaries, state unit chiefs and legislature party leaders and asked them to hold protests against the BJP government outside all CBI offices across the country.

On Thursday,  Mr Gandhi set the agenda for the march and said that Mr Verma being sent on administrative leave was to pre-empt an investigation into the Prime Minister's alleged role in the Rafale deal.

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