CBI Says, Alok Verma Still Chief, Day Before Top Court Hears His Petition

CBI Says, Alok Verma Still Chief, Day Before Top Court Hears His Petition

CBI Says, Alok Verma Still Chief, Day Before Top Court Hears His Petition 

New Delhi: The CBI stated that Alok Verma will remain to be the Director and his deputy Rakesh Asthana stays Special Director. The statement comes a day before the Top Court takes up its chief's petition challenging a government decision to take away his powers and send him on forced leave.

On Tuesday, the CBI vs CBI feud took a news turn of events Alok Verma was stripped of his powers and M Nageswar Rao was appointed interim chief at  midnight. Rakesh Asthana, the CBI no 2 was also sent on leave.

Followin the order of the government, Mr Rao drove to the CBI headquarters in Delhi late on Tuesday night, escorted by the police, and took charge around 1.45 am.

The spokesperson of the CBI said that Mr Rao would look after the duties and functions of the Director "in the interim period", till the Chief Vigilance Commission - the main anti-corruption body that has supervision over the CBI - examined allegations traded by Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana.

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The top vigilance body had recommended to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the CBI's top two be sent on compulsory wait so that the allegations they had thrown at each other could be investigated. "Neither of the two officers, nor any agency under their supervision can investigate charges against them," Chief Vigilance Officer KV Chowdary had said in a report submitted on Tuesday.

PM Modi agreed, and NSA Doval reportedly set the process in motion by first getting a late night government order issued. About a dozen officers who were in the director's team and who were investigating charges against Rakesh Asthana, were transferred.

The government was attacked by the opposition who accused it of violating rules. The CBI boss has a fixed two-year term and the government cannot remove Alok Verma unless it is cleared by a group that includes the Prime Minister, Chief Justice and Leader of Opposition, said the Congress.

Earlier, Union Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the changes were an "interim measure"... to maintain the fairness of an impartial probe... it was necessary that the two seniormost officers involved must sit out on leave till an impartial investigation is complete"

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