Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed the Narendra Modi government for removing CBI chief Alok Verma, who was allegedly willing to probe the “irregularities” in the Rafale deal, and termed the move “illegal and an insult to the Constitution”.

The Congress chief said that the appointment and the removal of CBI director are done by a committee of three people that includes the Chief Justice and the Leader of the Opposition besides the prime minister.

“Removal and appointment of CBI Director are decided by 3 member committee- PM, CJI & Leader of Opposition. CBI Director was removed by Prime Minister in the middle of the night. Apart from being an insult to the people of India, it is unconstitutional and illegal,” Gandhi said while addressing a press conference in Delhi.

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