CBI chief Alok Verma (pictured here) and Rakesh Asthana’s offices have been sealed (File Photo)
Over the infighting in CBI, the country’s top investigating agency’s director, Alok Verma, along with Special Director Rakesh Asthana, have been sent on leave. M Nageshwara Rao, a joint director at the agency, has been appointed its interim director. M Nageshwara Rao is a 1986 batch IPS or Indian Police Service officer from the Odisha cadre, and supersedes Rakesh Asthana.
The move caps week-long turmoil that began with chief Alok Verma filing a case against his deputy, accusing him of bribery in an investigation. Rakesh Asthana yesterday took the CBI to court, asking for the charges to be cancelled and for protection against arrest.
Meanwhile, the offices of both Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana have been sealed and all officers working with the CBI director have been sent on leave. The 10th and 11th floor of the CBI office in Delhi, which has the rooms of all these officers, are being raided, say sources.
The government’s order followed a recommendation by the country’s top vigilance officer, Chief Vigilance Commissioner, that the CBI’s warring top two be sent on compulsory wait, stripped of all responsibilities.
Here are the LIVE Updates over the on-going developments amid the CBI tussle:
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M Nageshwara Rao appointed interim CBI director
Amid the infighting at CBI headquarters, and a raid which occurred this morning, the centre has appointed M Nageshwara Rao as the agency’s interim head.
CBI building has been sealed
CBI building has been sealed. Neither staff nor outsiders are being allowed, according to news agency PTI.
The 10th and 11th floor of the CBI office in Delhi, which has the rooms of all these officers, are being raided, say sources.
Offices of warring CBI chief Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana sealed, being searched, say sources