Fear of uncovering of Rafale scam making PM corrupt & destroy key institutions: Rahul

Fear of uncovering of Rafale scam making PM corrupt & destroy key institutions: Rahul

New Delhi, Reacting to reports of the NDA government having nominated senior Supreme court judge Justice Sikri to the vacant post of President /member of the London based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal , Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi of destroying key institutions. In a post on social media, Rahul said, 'When the scales of justice are tampered with, anarchy reigns. This PM will stop at nothing, stoop to anything and destroy everything, to cover up the Rafale Scam. He's driven by fear. It's this fear that is making him corrupt & destroy key institutions.' He also posted on his Twitter handle a media report that the NDA government has nominated senior Supreme court judge Justice Sikri to the vacant post of President /member of the London based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal .

The report says that Justice A K Sikri, who voted with the government in the three-member committee to remove Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma, has been nominated to the post of President/Member of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT). The report quoted sources in the Ministry of External Affairs as saying that the decision regarding Sikri's nomination was made last month in view of his retirement on March 6, 2019, from the Supreme Court. The CSAT was established to meet the requirements of the Agreed Memorandum on the Commonwealth Secretariat (1964) which was revised by the governments in 2005.

In fulfilment of its obligations under the Agreed Memorandum, the UK government passed the Commonwealth Secretariat Act 1966 which, among other things, gives the Commonwealth Secretariat legal personality and accords it certain immunities and privileges. The CSAT has a full complement of eight members comprising the President and seven others. The members are selected by Commonwealth governments on a regionally representative basis from among persons of high moral character who must hold or have held high judicial office in a Commonwealth country. The members are appointed on a four-year term which may be renewed only once. Justice Sikri was part of the Selection Committee including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge that on Thursday decided 2:1 to remove CBI chief Verma from the post. Mallikarjun Kharge gave a dissent note and opposed Verma's ouster.

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