Nageshwar Rao has been named interim
chief of the CBI with immediate effect.
CBI director Alok Verma and special
director Rakesh Asthana have been
sent on leave.
NEW DELHI: In the midst of internal fight between CBI director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana, the government on Wednesday stepped in and appointed M Nageshwar Rao as interim chief of the investigating agency “with immediate effect”.
Both Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana have been sent on leave.
Nageshwar Rao, IPS, was working as joint director in the agency. He will look after duties and functions of director CBI and shall take over the duties and functions with immediate effect. The government’s action comes a day after high-voltage drama involving director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana in the Delhi high court.
On Tuesday, the Delhi high court directed the CBI to maintain status quo on the criminal proceedings initiated against the agency’s special director Rakesh Asthana and a trial court sent an arrested mid-level officer facing bribery charges to sevenday remand, as the unprecedented internecine battle between the two top officers of
the CBI entered the judicial arena During the court hearing, the CBI also submitted that charges of extortion and forgery were added against sthana and Devender Singh, a Deputy Superintendent police of CBI who was arrested on
Monday by the agency for allegedly taking bribe and falsification of records.
After Asthana approached the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the agency’s FIR against him, a
single judge bench directed the CBI to maintain status quo on the criminal proceedings initiated
against him till October 29, the next date of hearing, but clarified there was no stay on the ongoing probe
considering the nature and gravity of the case.