Jaitley said Kharge’s dissent has been the constant in the panel that deals with the CBI director’s appointment and transfer. PM Modi and Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi are other members of the committee.

Mallikarjun Kharge dissented once again in the appointment of the new CBI director. Kharge dissents regularly. He dissented when Alok Verma was appointed, dissented when Alok Verma was transferred and has now dissented when R K Shukla has been appointed,” Jaitley wrote in a Facebook blog post.

Arun Jaitley said Mallikarjun Kharge’s dissent on the transfer of Alok Verma was coloured by his political views. “He was a petitioner in the Supreme Court himself in support of Alok Verma. He should have recused himself from the Committee.”

The leader of the largest opposition party in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, has sent a dissent note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Rishi Kumar Shukla being appointed as the CBI chief. Kharge has questioned Shukla’s experience of handling corruption cases. Union minister Arun Jaitley took a swipe at Kharge on Sunday and said he has diminished the “value and credibility” of dissent.