New Delhi: Nageshwar Rao, who was made CBI additional director following the feud between former CBI director Alok Verma and his deputy in agency Rakesh Asthana, has been shunted out and ordered to join Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard as its director-general.

Rao, a 1986-batch Odisha cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, was first given charge as interim Director of the CBI after the government in October last year sent CBI Director Alok Verma on leave, divesting him of his powers along with Special Director Rakesh Asthana following a bitter spat between them alleging each other’s involvement in corruption.

Rao was again given the charge of the acting CBI chief on February 11, 2019, a day after Verma was removed from the post.

An order by the home ministry cut short Rao’s tenure at the Central Bureau of Investigation and has assigned him a new assignment. The government in its order said, “Upon the curtailment of tenure of M. Nageswar Rao, IPS (OD 1986), Additional Director, CBI, by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet and placing of his service with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the competent authority has approved his appointment as Director-General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard by temporarily downgrading the post to the level of Additional Director General (Level-15 of pay matrix), for a combined tenure up to his superannuation on July 31, 2020, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.”

With IANS inputs