New Delhi: The Central government seems to be unhappy with CBI director Alok Verma after he had a meeting with former Union Miniter Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan who had demanded a probe into the alleged Rafael aircraft deal corruption.
According to the reports, Shourie and Bhushan had a meeting with the CBI Director and also submitted documents pertaining to the deal, demanding a probe into alleged corruption in the Rafale aircraft deal and offset contract, Oneindia reports.
“This was perhaps for the first time that politicians have met the CBI Director in his office. Such a meeting is rare,” a senior functionary said, indicating that the ruling government is unhappy with the meeting.
The functionary shedding light on the process, says if a politician seeks an appointment with the CBI chief, in normal circumstances, he or she is advised to submit complaints or any other documents at the reception of the agency headquarters.
The CBI Director is reported to be engaged in a bitter fight with CBI’s Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Both have been levelling allegations against each other in public sources report.
Former Minister Shourie and Lawyer Bhushan had asked the CBI Director to take the government’s permission to initiate the probe in accordance with the law.
The opposition party has alleged that the Rafale aircraft deal was actually a commission to an Anil Ambani-led Reliance group subsidiary.
Meanwhile, the French company Dassault Aviation which had chosen Reliance Defence as its partner to fulfill offset obligations of the Rafael deal has no comments.