Another Telangana man to steer CBI in troubled times

Odisha cadre IPS officer M Nageshwar Rao takes charge as interim CBI chief

It alleged that Kumar, the IO in a case, was repeatedly calling him to the CBI office to harass and compel him to pay bribe of Rs 5 crore for giving him a clean chit.

Verma knocked on the doors of the Supreme Court Wednesday, challenging the government's decision. Verma is staying in the official residence of the CBI director on Janpath road. They were apprehended after Verma's Personal Security Officers (PSOs) raised alarm and caught them outside the residence on Janpath road.

Alok Verma has challenged the Centre's order removing him from the post and the Supreme Court has agreed to hear his petition on Friday.

Rao, a 1986-batch Orissa-cadre officer, ordered the transfer of several officers, including deputy superintendent of police and investigating officer Ajay Bassi in connection with bribery allegations involving its special director Asthana. "This is a clear case of the CVC being usurped and misused by the government to cover up things", Singhvi told the media here countering the Centre's bid to justify the move. "Credibility shouldn't suffer", the spokesperson said.

The SIT will look into the charges and both officers will "sit out" the duration of the probe, he said, adding they have been sent on leave as an interim measure.

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Opposition leaders have accused the Modi government of using the CBI as a tool to settle scores with his political opponents.

The Congress on Wednesday termed the "removal" of CBI Director Alok Verma "illegal" and alleged that it has been triggered by the Narendra Modi governments fear that its "dirty secrets" in the "Rafale scam" might pop out.

But Jaitley dismissed as "rubbish" the allegation of a Rafale link. Apparently, these income tax officials, despite conducting a raid in 2011 in the premises of the Sandesara group and procuring a diary containing the details of daily financial dealings and cash transactions in favour of certain named individuals and public servants, had not taken any action against the persons named in the diary.

Later, he sealed all the rooms on the 10th floor of the building and issued orders of change in the teams heading different cases.

M Nageshwara Rao, a native of Mangapeta of Warangal district will take immediate responsibilities as the interim CBI chief.

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