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'He's spreading falsehood': BJP slams Rahul Gandhi over CBI row

"Congress has lost all hopes of becoming relevant and it has also lost patience. And therefore in their dreams also they are dreaming only about Rafale", Javadekar told reporters at the party headquarters.

Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: October 25, 2018 23:24 IST
Human Resource Development(HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar

Human Resource Development(HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar

Human Resource Development(HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar, hitting out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, said he was "spreading falsehood" over the issue of CBI Director Alok Verma and living in "hallucination".

"Congress has lost all hopes of becoming relevant and it has also lost patience. And therefore in their dreams also they are dreaming only about Rafale", Javadekar told reporters at the party headquarters. 

Responding to the charges of Rahul Gandhi, Javadekar said that CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana were not removed but have been sent on leave. 

Lashing out at Gandhi for manufacturing lies over Rafale deal, the Minister said there is no inquiry and no case of inquiry on Rafale. 

The BJP leader's remarks came soon after the Congress President sharpened his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying Verma was "removed in panic" midnight because he was going to begin a probe into the controversial Rafale deal that would have been "suicidal" for Modi.

Slamming the Congress, Javadekar said, Gandhi think that he has lost a chance to pocket the heavy commission through his friend Sanjay Bhandari if he was the middleman." 

He said people were more mature than Rahul Gandhi. "He (Gandhi) lives in hallucination. The country has not witnessed such an immature politician. He failed in his two-minute press conference today on matter, on manner and on method," he said. 

Javadekar said Gandhi has lost civility and therefore he was "cursing" the Prime Minister day in and day out. 

Accusing the Congress of having misused the CBI when it was in power, Javadekar said, "Who misused the CBI. We never interfered. Actually people are accusing us now that why we did not interfere in time. There was anarchy-like situation developing and we should have interfered earlier. But we never interfered." 

He said that even after finding out that a 'Look Out' circular, which was being issued to Karti Chidambaram, was leaked and even after the Aircel Maxis deal case report was found in the bedroom of erstwhile finance Minister P. Chidambaram the government had not interfered.

"The coal scam accused had easy access to the then CBI Director (Ranjit Sinha) and the case is in court. Moin Qureshi was the go between as always. And there are many cases which show tremendous interference when they used, misused and abused the CBI," he added.

Earlier, Gandhi on Thursday directly attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the sudden removal of Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana in a dramatic midnight move, claimed it was done to protect the BJP-led government in the Rafale deal.

Speaking to reporters during a press conference in New Delhi, Rahul Gandhi said the government panicked and removed CBI director as he was to investigate Rafale jet deal.

WATCH:  BJP slams Rahul Gandhi over CBI row

( With inputs from IANS )

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