New Delhi: Four men were arrested outside the residence of Alok Verma – the CBI Director who was divested of his powers and sent on leave by the government on Wednesday – in Delhi on Thursday morning. The suspects were allegedly lurking around the building and snooping.

The four suspects were caught by Verma’s security personnel who later called the police, according to reports.

Verma, who has embroiled in a standoff with Special Director Rakesh Asthana in the past few days with the two accusing each other of corruption, was stripped off his powers and replaced by an Interim Director on Wednesday.

Verma, who was heading the probe in Medical Council of India bribery case and the sterling biotech case among others, has challenged his removal in the Supreme Court.

Verma contended before the top court that divesting him of his powers “overnight” amounted to interference in the independence of the agency.

He said as the CBI was expected to function completely independently and autonomously, there were bound to be occasions when certain investigations into high functionaries did not take the direction that may be desirable to the government.