The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the decision under the leadership of the Prime Minister Modi to “transfer” the CBI Chief Alok Verma within 48 hours of his reinstatement by the Supreme Court. This decision is to ensure Government control over the CBI and to enable its use as a tool to advance its political and electoral agenda. The BJP seeks to intimidate, blackmail and silence Government critics/opponents and to protect their loyalists. The Modi government, through this action also seeks to prevent its “skeletons” from tumbling out of the cupboard.

Following the midnight coup of October 23, 2018 on the basis of an unverified and questionable report by the Central Vigilance Commissioner, the Supreme Court found this illegal and reinstated Alok Verma. Through the second coup, he has now been transferred when he is slated to retire soon. This action by the PM Modi overriding a strong dissent and not giving an opportunity to Alok Verma to defend himself against the CVC report is clearly an attempt to prevent the exposure of cronyism, corruption and compromising national security that have emerged against the highest levels of this government. Clearly, the Modi government has a lot to hide. Weeks before the general elections, this move exposes the fear and panic at the possible exposure of various scams including the Rafale deal.

The independence of the institution of the CBI has been completely compromised. This government is desperately attempting to destroy the constitutional institutions as can be seen, apart from the CBI, with the RBI, judiciary, Information Commission and other pillars of Indian democracy.

People of India have seen through this charade and will give a fitting rebuff to the BJP/NDA in the forthcoming general elections.