Government appoints M Nageshwar Rao as interim director of CBI

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The government on October 24 appointed M Nageshwar Rao as the interim director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with immediate effect.

Central government order said that Rao will look after the duties and functions of Director, CBI and will take over the duties and functions with immediate effect.

Rao is a 1986 batch Indian Police Service officer of the Odisha cadre, was working as the Joint Director in the investigating agency. He is believed to be a tough cop and decorated administrator.

The decision comes after the government sent the top two officers of the agency, director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, on “compulsory leave”.

The offices of both Verma and Asthana have been sealed and all officers working with the CBI director have been sent on leave.

The CBI had filed an FIR against Asthana for allegedly accepting a bribe from a businessman, who was related to Moin Akhtar Qureshi case. Asthana was heading the Special Investigation Team that was probing Qureshi’s case.