On Friday, October 26, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley defended government’s decision to send two top CBI officers on leave until the enquiry against both is pending saying that it was done on the recommendation of CVC. He said that government is interested in maintaining the institutional integrity of CBI.
Jaitley also welcomed Supreme Court’s decision to complete the investigation into corruption allegations against CBI director Alok Kumar Verma within two weeks and cited it “extremely positive development”.
Jaitley said, “The government has no interest for or against any individual. The government is interested in only maintaining the professionalism, the image and the institutional integrity of the CBI”.
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Jaitley said that the person who is heading the agency must keep himself away from its functioning when the agency when it is investigating into his own account.
He said, “CVC, in the interest of fairness, had passed an order that till investigation or inquiry is pending against the two top officers of the CBI, they must step aside and recuse themselves from CBI’s function”.
Jaitley said, “it was necessary in the larger interest of fairness because you can’t be heading an agency which is investigating into your own conduct”.
Jaitley said that truth will come out in interest of nation, “The truth coming out is in the larger interest of India. All officers of CBI, particularly the top few officers, like Caesar’s wife, must be beyond suspicion, they must be above suspicion”.
Earlier on Wednesday circular by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions stated that the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved that M Nageshwar Rao, IPS, Joint Director CBI, will take over the duties and function of Director CBI with immediate effect.