PMO on action,CBI chief Alok Verma sent on leave,M.NageshwarRao takes interim charge

PMO on action,CBI chief Alok Verma sent on leave,M.NageshwarRao takes interim charge

Courtesy : Agencies25/10/2018 12:44

Both CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma and his second-in-command Rakesh Asthana have been told to go on leave.

The Department of Personnel and Training issued an order late Tuesday, asking Joint Director M. Nageshwar Rao to take over charge as CBI Director after ongoing infighting between the top brass of Central Bureau of Investigation.

Confirming the order, a senior government official said both CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma and his second-in-command Rakesh Asthana have been told to go on leave. "The CBI headquarters has been sealed and no official or staff are being allowed in," said an agency official on condition of anonymity. The order dated October 23, issued on instructions of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet says Mr. Rao will look after duties and functions of CBI Director as an "interim measure" with immediate effect. Terming it an "illegal" order, lawyer Prashant Bhushan said that it would be challenged in court.

The development is being seen as the fallout on going tussle between the CBI chief and its second-in-command forthe past over a year. The order comes days after the CBI registered an FIR against Mr. Asthana, accusing him and Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar of extortion and corruption. Mr. Devender Kumar was arrested and is now is CBI custody

 

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