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Modi Govt conspiring to crush fight against corruption: Manish Sisodia

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In a press conference held at the Delhi Secretariat, Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of throttling Aam Aadmi Party’s anti-corruption crusade and turning the Anti Corruption Branch of Delhi Police into a defunct body.

Extolling ACB’s role in curbing corruption during AAP’s 49 day political stint in 2013, Sisodia said that the Centre embarked on the path to dilute the body’s power after it realized that a FIR was going to be filed against a union minister by it.

The minister called the appointment of M.K. Meena as the chief of ACB illegal, and held him responsible for the body’s inactivity.

Drawing attention to the recent case where a sub-district magistrate had to let go of two corrupt DDA officials as the police and ACB refused to take them under custody, Sisodia said, “This incident begs the question that if the government catches someone indulging in corrupt activity, where will it take him?”

Further, the deputy CM said that while the Centre cannot even manage the CBI and Enforcement Directorate efficiently, it is constantly trying to interfere with activities of the state government.

“ACB is a part of Delhi government, it’s mentioned in the ‘Allocation of Business Rules’, but Modiji is adamant on managing ACB. Under the centre the CBI is down in the dumps, so is Enforcement Directorate, why is Modiji trying to do the same with ACB?”

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PM Modi Slammed for “Destroying” CBI: Congress on Alok Verma’s Case

The Congress on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, saying he has been exposed for "destroying" the premier investigating agency.

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The Congress on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Supreme Court reinstated Alok Verma as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, saying he has been exposed for “destroying” the premier investigating agency.

“Modi adds another first to his list. After being the first Prime Minister to be exposed destroying the CBI before the Supreme Court, after having ruined the CVC’s (Central Vigilance Commission) credibility (requiring supervision by former SC judge), Modi has now become first Prime Minister to have his illegal orders set aside by the Supreme Court,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

His remarks came soon after the Supreme Court judgment pronounced on a plea by Verma and NGO Common Cause challenging the government’s decision on the intervening night of October 23-24 to divest Verma of his charge as head of the investigating agency.

Reminding Modi that the government comes and goes but the integrity of the institutions survive, Surjewala hoped that the judgement would be a “lesson” to the Prime Minister about the strength of country’s democracy and the Constitution.

“Modiji please remember, governments have come and gone. Integrity of our institutions have survived. Let this be a lesson to you about the strength of our democracy and the Constitution. Let this be a lesson that howsoever despotic you may be, law catches up in the end,” he said.

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Firing salvo at Prime Minister, the Congress leader said: “After making CBI Chief suffer the consequences of your illegal decision for three months, will you show the courage to return three months of lost tenure? Unless you are afraid of investigation into Rafale scam.

“Modi equals to ‘Muzzling of Democratic Institutions’. First, you lose four economic advisors in a row including two RBI Governors. Second, four Supreme Court judges go public on Judge (B.H.) Loya, then you destroy credibility and competence of the CBI and CVC. This is your model of ‘minimum governance, maximum government’,” he added.

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Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi questioned the Supreme Court verdict asking what has changed now.

“Before the Supreme Court verdict; Alok Verma didn’t have powers of CBI Chief, couldn’t take any decision on policy or investigation. After Supreme Court verdict: Ditto,” Singhvi tweeted. (IANS)