Rao had replaced Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma when he was sent on a forced leave.
Rao’s name was cleared by the Appointments Committee of the union cabinet.
A 1986-batch IPS officer from the Odisha cadre, Rao was appointed the interim director of CBI after the government’s intervention in the public spat between CBI director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana.
Rao had joined the CBI as a joint director in 2016. He was not considered for the rank of additional director in November 2016, also when a review of this batch took place in April 2018.
Soon after taking over the role of CBI director, Rao affixed signatures on over dozen transfer orders, mainly of those officers who were probing Asthana.
The Supreme Court while handing him over the investigation agency director’s powers, asked Rao to not take any policy decisions until it hears the petition related to the feud between Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana.