New Delhi: An NGO on Monday approached the Supreme Court against M Nageswara Rao’s appointment as interim director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), news agency ANI reported.

NGO Common Cause approached the apex court through senior advocate Prashant Bhushan.

The promotion of Rao, who took over as interim CBI Director amid a midnight drama on October 24, came after the Government stepped in during the very public spat between Director CBI Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana which reached the court.

Rao was not considered for the rank of the additional director in November 2016 as well as when a review of this batch took place in April 2018. He had joined the CBI as a joint director in 2016.

On January 10, the high-powered selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi shunted out Alok Verma as the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Verma, a 1979-batch AGMUT cadre IPS officer was removed from the high-profile post on the charges of corruption and dereliction of duty making him the first chief in the history of the agency to face such action, officials said.

There were eight counts of charges against him in the CVC report presented before the Committee also comprising Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A K Sikri, appointed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.