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Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) took out a protest demonstration against the alleged illegal removal of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director and its special director by a midnight order with the sole decision of Prime Minister (PM).
“The dictatorial rule of Modi government has made a mockery of the constitution of India,” state Congress Legislative Party leader, Okram Ibobi stated during the demonstration today in front of state CBI head office located at Lamphelpat.
Ibobi said MPCC strongly condemns the removal of CBI director, Alok Verma and CBI special director, Rakesh Asthana on the sole directive of PM. He said CBI director can be removed under some circumstances in which the decision has to be made with the approval of a selection committee comprising of PM as the chairperson, Chief Justice of India and the leader of Opposition.
“It is possible that procedure of removal might be right but issuing the order at midnight is unconstitutional,” said Ibobi.
He said removal of two officials of CBI is violation of constitution and it seems that Central government took the steps in order to hide the corruptions they made in various streams. Mentioned may be made that there is a huge scam in the consignment of Rafael aircraft and the two official was removed due to the fear from reviling the truth, he added.
Ibobi claimed that the strategy of Central government and its dictator rule has made Indian democracy in danger.
It may be mentioned that Alok Verma was appointed as CBI director in January 2017, as per law, CBI director gets fixed two-year tenure but it can be removed by the selection committee only under some circumstances.
Alok and Rakesh was removed with order of PM released during the intervening night of October 23 and 24 by appointing CBI joint director M. Nageshwar Rao as the interim chief of the agency.
Ibobi further said that Prime Minister does not have the authority for removal and appointment of CBI director but it should be done with the approval of the selection committee. Central government is targeting towards premier investigating agencies and the government is trying to replace them with their henchmen, Ibobi asserted.
Manipur All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary, Charles Pyngrope of Meghalaya who attended in the protest demonstration said the transfer of CBI directors was routine procedure but issuing of order by sole decision of Prime Minister in mid night is not in routine. The order smells of some sinister motive of Central government and it is breaching secular fabric where people have been enjoying since 1947, he added.
Protestors gathered in front of CBI state head office at about 12 noon and demonstrated the protest by holding banner which read ‘we condemned the removal of CBI chief’ protestors also helds placards that read ‘BJP violates the constitution’, ‘lies and fear of BJP becomes higher by the removal of CBI director’, ‘Modi pancked over Rafale Probe’ and others.
CWC member, Gaikhangam, MLA K. Joykishan, MLA O. Henery, state NSUI members and other Congress members participated in the protest.