Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court’s order over the ongoing CBI row. The Union Minister asserted that it was necessary for the two top officials of CBI to be removed from their position, in order to carry out a fair and credible investigation in the case.
“CVC, in the interest of fairness, have passed an order that till the investigation and inquiries are pending against the two top officers of CBI, they must step aside and recuse themselves from the CBI functioning. This was in the larger interest of fairness because you cannot be the head of an agency or investigation which is going into your own conduct,” said Arun Jaitley.
“The government has no interest for or against any individuals. Government is interested in maintaining only the professionalism and the institutional entity of the CBI. Recent developments had eroded the credibility of the CBI,” he added.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley went onto assert that the Supreme Court’s verdict will help in the greater good of the investigation against Rakesh Asthana and Alok Verma, the two top officials of Central Bureau of Investigation.
“What has happened in the Supreme Court today, will improve the fairness criteria. They have fixed a time limit that the investigation must be over within two weeks, which is a positive development. And, in order to ensure that, the highest standards of fairness are maintained, even in the inquiries, they have appointed a retired judge as an oversight, to ensure that the CVC inquiry is absolutely fair. It's only the inquiry which maintains the highest standards of fairness which will ensure that the truth comes out,” Arun Jaitley stated.
On being questioned about the ongoing protests outside CBI headquarters staged by Opposition led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, demanding the reinstatement of Alok Verma, Arun Jaitley said as per the CVC recommendation, "Till the time this investigation is going on both the officers should be outside that agency because they both cannot be in the same agency where a trial against both of them is going on. Then it will not be a fair trial," adding "The verdict that the Supreme Court has delivered in the CBI controversy is very positive and affirmative step. It was a dispute of corruption between the two top officers of CBI for having two different opinions in the same case. This calls for a fair and detailed investigation in the matter."
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered that the CVC will be given two weeks to conduct an inquiry against Alok Verma, which will be carried out under the supervision of the retired SC judge, Justice AK Patnaik, and the matter will be heard by the apex court immediately after the Diwali break on November 12.