Govt appoints Nageshwar Rao as interim CBI chief

Govt appoints Nageshwar Rao as interim CBI chief

Govt appoints Nageshwar Rao as interim CBI chief

The move came a day after the courtroom drama involving director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana. "The CBI was going to start an inquiry and therefore the prime minister got scared and removed the CBI chief at 1 am in the night", he alleged.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said Alok Verma's challenge to the government order removing him as director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would be heard on Friday.

After sending the two on leave, the government, on the advice of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), transferred 13 officers said to be in Verma's camp, including some of his closest confidants. A corruption case, counter charges and cases in court. They didn't even consult us as a courtesy and took this decision overnight. The government appointed M Nageshwar Rao the interim director.

On Tuesday, the Delhi high court had told the CBI to place on record the various criminal provisions under which an FIR had been registered against Asthana and deputy superintendent of police Devender Kumar. "The odd timing of the late midnight orders also confirms that they are made mala fide", states the petition.

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Verma had on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court against the government decision to remove him saying it was done without following the due procedure. Security personnel posted at the house caught them and took them inside. He also alleged that Asthana misused his position to stall investigations in several sensitive cases.

Meanwhile, the fight within the agency has triggered a big political fight in India with opposition parties hitting out at the Centre.

CBI Dy SP Ajay Kumar Bassi, who was leading the investigating against Asthana, has been transferred to Andaman and Nicobar Islands with immediate effect, reported Indian Express. The Congress also dubbed the action as "last nail" in the independence of the CBI.

Later, he sealed all the rooms on the 10th floor of the building and issued orders of change in the teams heading different cases.

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