The BJP alleged on Tuesday the Supreme Court is the right authority to examine whether the sensational charges brought by CBI DIG Manish Kumar Sinha against a Union minister and top officials have any substantive basis or is “politically motivated”.
The feud within the CBI turned murkier on Monday with Sinha said the names of NSA Ajit Doval, Union minister Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary and CVC K V Chowdhury over alleged attempts to interfere in the probe against the agency’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana, who has also been divested of his duties and sent on leave by the government along with Director Alok Kumar Verma. BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said the issue is “sub judice, but took objection to “somebody serving in an organization twisting the name of that organization itself”.
Sinha, who was filing the FIR against Asthana, the CBI’s number two, and major cases like the PNB scam involving Nirav Modi, made a litany of sensational allegations in his petition before the Supreme Court that sought the urgent hearing for quashing his transfer to Nagpur. “The court itself did not see any advantage or emergency in the allegations being made. Therefore, I think the right authority to look in this complaint is the court itself. Whether this statement is politically motivated or has any substantive basis is something that the court will examine,” he said.
“But, prima facie, I have a heavy objection to somebody serving in an organization twisting the name of that organization itself… Honestly, in my opinion, that deserves disciplinary action,” Rao said.
“I think no individual serving in an organization should have the audacity to really point the organization. You can always make allegations about individuals, make statements, offer evidence. But, trying to lower the stature of the organization itself, to my mind, is simply not completed. It’s a breach of discipline as far as my understanding goes,” he said. A furious Supreme Court on Tuesday explained all the parties in a case involving the CBI’s top brass they did not “deserve” a hearing in the light of the purported leak of the agency chief’s reply to the CVC’s probe findings against him and making public the allegations by its senior officer Manish Kumar Sinha against top officials.
K V Chowdhury did not respond to queries when his reaction was sought while Doval, the National Security Advisor, was not suddenly available for comments. The union minister termed the allegations as baseless and malicious.