Government today said, CBI is the country’s premier investigative agency and maintenance of its institutional integrity is a precondition.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, it is an extraordinary situation that two topmost officers of CBI have been accused.
Mr Jaitley said, in the interest of fair play, and to maintain institutional integrity of CBI, the two officers will sit out by going on leave as an interim measure.
He added that the Central Vigilance Commission, CVC’s recommendation and the government’s action is intended to restore the institutional integrity and credibility of CBI.
Mr Jaitley said, CVC had said in its yesterday’s meeting that neither Alok Verma or Rakesh Asthana nor any agency under their supervision can investigate charges against them.