New Delhi : In a dramatic turn of events ongoing in the CBI, top brass of Central bureau of Investigation, the Department of Personnel and Training issued an order late Tuesday asking Joint Director M. Nageshwar Rao to take over charge as interim CBI Director while sending senior officials, CBI director Alok Kumar Verma and his second in command Rakesh Asthana on leave.
CBI director and second in command sent on leave
Confirming the order, a senior government officials said that both the top brass of CBI, CBI director Alok Kumar Verma and his second-in-command Rakesh Asthana have been told to go on leave.
The offices of Mr. Verma and Mr. Asthana were searched on the orders of the “interim” CBI Director Mr. Nageshwar Rao, a CBI official said on the condition of anonymity.
On leave : CBI Director and Second in Command
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 Directors as an “interim measure” with immediate effect.
Terming it an “illegal” order, lawyer Prashant Bhushan told The Hindu that he would challenge it in the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Government sends CBI Director and second in command on leave
The development is being seen as the fallout on going tussle between the CBI chief and its second-in-command for the 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 in CBI custody.