Sharpening its attack on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government, the Congress party has now demanded an independent probe into the corruption allegations made by a CBI DIG in an affidavit before the Supreme Court, saying they have raised questions on the functioning of Prime Minister’s Office and the government. The party also said it would raise the issue in Parliament. The winter session of parliament begins on December 11, the day the results of the five assembly states will be announced.
Congress chief spokesperson and Communications in-charge , Randeep Surjewala alleged that the DIG Manoj Kumar Sinha in his affidavit has named union minister Haribhai Parthivbhai Chaudhary, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdhury over alleged attempts to interfere in the probe against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana.
Surjewala asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi if his slogan of “na khaaoonga, na khaane doonga” (will neither do nor allow anyone to do corruption) has now changed into “sab khane walaon ko bachaoonga, aankh moondte dekhta jaoonga” (will save all the corrupt, will watch with shut eyes).
“Who are those helping the corrupt. Are those helping the corrupt sitting in the Prime Minister’s Office,” he asked.
“When IB, RAW and CBI’s credibility is at stake, as it has been put at stake by words of this affidavit and when CVC responsible for investigating the entire matter, his own judgment and conduct is under a cloud, then democracy is in peril and Constitution is in danger,” he told reporters.
“We definitely believe and we will appeal to the Court to conduct a separate investigation, if possible, otherwise we will go to the court of people. In democracy like ours, the final defender of peoples’ right as also holding accountability of the Government is Parliament and we will go to Parliament,” the Congress leader said.