Who is M Nageshwar Rao, the interim CBI Director?

Hannah Rogers
October 26, 2018

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday questioned the Centre's decision to send CBI director Alok Verma on forced leave, calling it "shameful".

"And that would have been suicidal for Modi", said Gandhi. This FIR was a part of the "unprecedented" situation within the CBI which the government said forced it to intervene in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday and divest both the officers of their respective roles. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and NCP chief Sharad Pawar live near the CBI director's official residence.

The CBI infighting and the subsequent government crackdown has created an environment of suspicion among the power circles in New Delhi, particularly the law enforcement agencies and the Indian Police Service officials who are divided on the issue.

Opposition leaders have accused the Modi government of using the CBI as a tool to settle scores with his political opponents. The CBI director was selected by this committee. It has already dragged CBI and CVC into its dirty tricks. The prime minister knows that as soon as the CBI acts against him, he will be in trouble.

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According to an order by the Department of Personnel and Training, Rao will "look after the duties and functions of Director CBI and shall take over the duties and functions with immediate effect".

The BJP said the government does not interfere in the working of any agencies, be it ED, CBI or IB.

The PIL filed through Advocate Prashant Bhushan alleges that "the chain of events shows that Mr. Alok Verma is being victimised for taking action against Mr. Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre officer and also for entertaining complaint against the top functionaries of the present government". Several reports were doing the rounds that files related to Rafale jet deal were with Verma, even Congress president Rahul Gandhi have attacked BJP saying CBI director was divested of powers because he was going to investigate the Rafale "scam". "The second lie that Gandhi said is that he was sent on leave because he was inquiring about the Rafale deal; there is no case of inquiry", Javadekar said.

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