CBI chief, his deputy sent on leave; Alok Verma Moves SC

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New Delhi, Oct 24 (UNI)

In an unprecedented fallout of the recent happenings within the Central Bureau for Investigation, agency chief Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana have been sent on leave and M Nageshwar Rao, a senior Joint Director with the probe agency, has been given the interim charge as CBI director.
Mr Rao was appointed interim CBI chief early on Wednesday morning, according to an order by the Appointments committee of the Cabinet. Earlier, Mr Verma and his deputy Mr Asthana were sent on leave.
“The appointments committee of the cabinet has approved that during the subsistence of the aforesaid interim measure, Mr M Nageshwar Rao, IPS, will look after duties and functions of director CBI and shall take over the duties and functions with immediate effect,” the order by the committee said.
M Nageshwar Rao, an IPS officer from Odisha cadre-1986, has taken over the duties and functions as interim Director, CBI, an agency spokesperson said here on Wednesday.
The came with recommendation by the country’s top vigilance officer, Chief Vigilance Commissioner KV Chaudhary, that the CBI’s warring top two be sent on compulsory wait, stripped of all responsibilities, a top government functionary said.
Alok Verma has moved the Supreme Court against a govt order that sent him on leave and relieved him of his duties as Director of CBI, according to media reports. The apex court admitted his plea and will hear the case on 26th October. Verma also challenged the decision to give interim charge of agency to Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao.

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