Ahead of the crucial state elections, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi led party and senior leaders of other opposition parties to turned up outside the CBI headquarters in Delhi.
They got together in a massive show of force against what they said was the government’s attempt to interfere in the probe agency’s functioning.
The government has sent the CBI chief Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on forced leave after both accused each other of taking bribe from the same businessman.
Rahul Gandhi was joined in by the leaders from the Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI(M) and other parties.
They marched from Dyal Singh College in central Delhi’s Lodhi Road to the CBI headquarters, 4.2 km away.
Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav, CPI’s D Raja and TMC’s Nadimul Haque joined the Congress protest.
Eventually, Rahul Gandhi got on to a truck in front of the police barricades put up ahead of the CBI headquarters in the CGO complex to prevent the protesters from reaching the building.
The protest marches are being organised outside the CBI offices across the country. In some places, police used water canon to rein in the protesters.
Gandhi has said the midnight removal of CBI chief Alok Verma was a “disgraceful and unconstitutional attempt” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to block an investigation into the Rafale fighter jet deal.>