: Jhalawar: Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses during a public rally in Jhalawar, Rajasthan on Oct 24, 2018. (Photo: IANS/Congress).. Image Source: IANS

New Delhi, Oct 24 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that by sending CBI Director Alok Verma on a "forced leave" for collecting documents on the Rafale "scam", Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given out a clear message that anyone coming close to unravelling the truth behind the defence deal will be "wiped out".

"CBI Chief Alok Verma was collecting documents on the Rafale scam. He was forcibly sent on leave. The Prime Minister's message is very clear that whoever comes around Rafale -- will be removed, wiped out," Gandhi tweeted.

"The country and the constitution are in danger," he said in poll-bound Rajasthan while targeting Modi government over the Rafale deal, hours after the Centre sent Verma on leave and transferred over a dozen officers including those probing bribery charges against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

It also asked Joint Director M. Nageshwar Rao to look after the duties and functions of the CBI Director.

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