New Delhi: After taking charge as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director, Additional Director M. Nageswara Rao reversed all the transfer orders made by his predecessor Alok Verma on Friday. News of Rao taking over as the new CBI director came after Alok Verma was transferred as DG Fire Services, Home Guards and Civil Defence on Thursday.
Rao took over his duties after Verma was removed from the post within 48 hours from rejoining as CBI Director.
Rao was earlier given charge as the interim Director after the government on October 23 last year sent Verma on leave, stripping him of his powers along with Special Director Rakesh Asthana following allegations of corruption charges.
A 1986-batch Odisha cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Rao took charge in pursuance of an order of the Department of Personnel and Training issued a day earlier.
Meanwhile, Alok Verma, who was removed as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director by a high-powered selection committee on Thursday on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty, has claimed that he was transferred on the basis of ‘false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations’.
Verma was shunted out two days after he was reinstated as the CBI chief by the Supreme Court which quashed the Centre’s October 23, 2018, order of sending him, along with deputy Special Director Rakesh Asthana on forced leave to stop the fight between them.
Following Verma’s ouster, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday cited inconclusive finding of CVC report before the Supreme Court in his dissent note submitted to the High Powered Committee. Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader GVL Narasimha Rao on Friday took a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi over Verma’s ouster saying the latter is crying more than the former CBI director.
Stating that a probe was underway to determine Verma’s innocence, Rao said, “Rahul Gandhi is crying more than Alok Verma in CBI matter. The real investigation that is going on in the CBI is AgustaWestland and other defence deals.”
Also, the Delhi High Court is expected to pronounce its verdict on Friday on the plea of CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana who has been charged with bribery. This development too came close on the heels of the agency’s director Alok Verma’s removal from his post on Thursday on charges of corruption and negligence of duty.