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CBI Director Alok Verma Appears Before Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary

Alok Verma is being probed by Central Vigilance Commissioner in the corruption allegations against him.

New Delhi: 

CBI Director Alok Verma on Friday met Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary in connection with an inquiry into corruption charges levelled against him by his deputy and special director in the probe agency Rakesh Asthana, officials said. 

Mr Verma appeared before the panel headed by Mr Chowdary and comprising Vigilance Commissioners Sharad Kumar and T M Bhasin among others, they said, without citing any other details.

The Supreme Court had on October 26 asked the Central Vigilance Commission to complete within two weeks its inquiry into the allegations against Mr Verma.

Both Alok Verma and his deputy, Rakesh Asthana have been sent on leave by the government.

Mr Verma had also on Thursday met Mr Chowdary and Mr Kumar in connection with the inquiry.

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Pulwama Terror Attack:Congress Attacks Nitin Gadkari Over Water Threat To Pak, Says High-Octane Jingoism

“We do not want even a single drop of water to reach Pakistan,” Nitin Gadkari had said.

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In a sharp attack on the ruling BJP, the Congress on Friday dismissed Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s remarks that India has decided to “stop” the flow of its share of water to Pakistan as an attempt to “package high octane jingoism to subterfuge national security failures”.

Union Water Resources Minister Gadkari had said on Thursday that India has decided to “stop” the flow of its share of water to Pakistan from rivers under the Indus Water Treaty. His comments came over a week after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed.

“You cannot always get away by substituting rhetoric for action. Yesterday you had the highways minister saying that we will stop the flow of all eastern rivers to Pakistan. Somebody needs to ask them that do dams get built in a day,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

The two projects the minister was alluding to are Shapurkandi, which was cleared in 1999, and Ujh, that was cleared by the Union cabinet in 2006, he said.

“Under the leadership of PM, the government has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan. We will divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab,” Mr Gadkari had tweeted.

An official had later clarified that it was not a “new decision” and that the water resources minister was “simply reiterating” what he has always said.

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Congress Leader Prithviraj Chavan Says Decsion To Block Pakistan’s Water Supply Must Be Prime Minister’s

Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said international repercussions of such decisions can be very serious.


A day after Union water resources minister Nitin Gadkari spoke about not allowing India’s share of water to flow to Pakistan, senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said a minister on his own cannot take such a decision.

India has decided to “stop” the flow of its share of water to Pakistan from rivers under the Indus Water Treaty, Mr Gadkari had said on Thursday, a week after the Pulwama terror attack. An official later clarified that it was not a new decision.

“The honourable minister does not have such authority…such decisions should be taken by the cabinet’s security committee because the international repercussions of such things can be very serious,” Mr Chavan, a former Union minister in the Manmohan Singh government, said.

“So it not good that any minister just gets up and makes such a statement because such decisions should be taken by the prime minister,” he said, speaking to reporters in Pune.

“As far as giving a reply to Pakistan is concerned, whatever decision prime minister takes, we will support it. We do not want to bring politics into it,” he said.

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Ahmed Patel Hits Out At BJP Over Pulwama Terror Attack, Says Leaders Only Only Good At Speeches

“Our soldiers were martyred in Pulwama, it was an intelligence failure,” Ahmed Patel said.


Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel attacked the centre over the Pulwama terror attack on Friday and said BJP leaders were only good at delivering speeches.

Without taking names, Mr Patel said people who have not made any sacrifice for the country are asking the Congress what it had done in 60 years of its rule.

“Our soldiers were martyred (in Pulwama). There was an intelligence failure. I don’t want to criticise anyone. But, whenever we speak the truth or point at their mistake, we are dubbed as anti-nationals,” he said, speaking at an event in Ahmedabad.

“I want to tell them that you (BJP) don’t have the sole rights to nationalism. You have never made any sacrifices like Congress leaders did in the past,” Mr Patel said.

“I laugh and also get angry when someone asks what the Congress did in 60 years. If they (BJP) can’t see what we have done, it is not our fault. They should be ashamed of in asking what we have done in 60 years,” he said.

Mr Patel added that the nation should remain united and teach Pakistan a lesson for the terror attack.

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