New Delhi, January 8: Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict reinstating embattled CBI chief Alok Verma as the premier agency's director, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said "some justice has been done". The Gandhi scion further trained guns at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pitching for an inquiry by the Verma-led CBI into the Rafale fighter jets deal.
Speaking to reporters after the apex court's judgement, Rahul Gandhi reiterated his charge that Verma was forced to go on leave on October 23 as he was "about to initiate a probe" into the Rafale deal. CBI vs CBI: Supreme Court Reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director, Strikes Down Govt Order.
"CBI chief was removed at 1 AM in the night because he was about to begin an investigation in the Rafale scam. Now that he has been reinstated, some justice has been done. Now let’s see what happens," the Congress chief said.
Gandhi later tweeted the following:
The truth of Rafale will destroy Mr Modi. It’s only a question of time before full evidence of his role in the theft of 30,000 Cr. becomes public.
Congratulations to the SC for upholding the law.#AlokVerma
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 8, 2019
Earlier in the day, a top court bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph issued their verdict on the plea filed by Verma and NGO Common Cause against his "midnight ouster" from the CBI.
The bench, however, said that Verma has been reinstated but will not take any major policy decision till the panel headed by the Prime Minister, and comprising of the Chief Justice of India and the Leader of Opposition, decide on whether he should continue as the CBI director.
The panel should meet within the next one week and take the final call, the court said.
Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge welcomed the bench's direction, claiming that it is intended to "safeguard democracy".