Arun Jaitley: "CBI Top 2 Like Caesar's Wife, Must Be Beyond Suspicion"

Arun Jaitley: "CBI Top 2 Like Caesar

Arun Jaitley: "CBI Top 2 Like Caesar's Wife, Must Be Beyond Suspicion"

New Delhi: The Top Court, in it's order for a time-bound inquiry against exiled CBI chief Alok Verma as an "extremely positive development", Today, Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister said that it was in the best interest of the country that the truth comes out. "In order to ensure fairness, the Supreme Court has appointed a retired judge to oversee the investigation," The Finance Minister said, adding that the government is "only interested in maintaining professionalism, the image and the institutional integrity of the CBI."

The Union Minister justified the government's move to send Mr Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on leave - both officers accused each the other of corruption in an unprecedented public feud. "All officers of the CBI, particularly the top two, are like Caesar's wife and must be beyond suspicion," said Mr Jaitley. Recent developments have "eroded the reputation of the CBI" and that is why in "larger national interest", the reason why the government acted to send the two officers on leave, must be "established following the highest standards of fairness."

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The expression 'Caesar's wife must be above suspicion' - drawn from a 16th-century Shakespearean drama - is used to suggest that people in high positions must have impeccableintegrity.

"The Supreme Court's direction setting a two-week time frame would further strengthen the fairness criteria of the investigations...and the appointment of a retired judge would ensure a fair inquiry," said the finance minister.

The finance minister's remarks came as opposition parties led by Congress President Rahul Gandhi protested outside the CBI headquarters in Delhi against the government's move. The opposition called this ongoing feud, attempts to control and undermine the investigating agency. The Congress President and other leaders also walked into a police station and turned themselves in.

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