Interim CBI Director M Nageswara Rao transfers 20 officers

Interim CBI Director M Nageswara Rao on Monday transferred around 20 officers, including the investigation officer of the 2G scam case, Vivek Priyadarshi.

Priyadarshi, who was posted in the anti-Corruption branch in Delhi, has been transferred to Chandigarh.

However, the transfer order states that all the officers who have been directed to supervise, investigate or enquire into any case or matter by a court, shall continue to do.

A Saravanan who was probing the Sterlite protest case in Tamil Nadu has been shifted to the banking, securities and frauds branch in Mumbai, which is handling the case against fugitive jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

M Nageswara Rao was made to continue as interim director after the selection committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with its other two members being Justice A.K. Sikri and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge decided to remove Alok Verma as CBI director and transfer him to fire services.

Rao’s appointment as interim director was challenged by activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan in the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to cancel the government’s order appointing Rao as the acting director of the agency.

M Nageswara Rao, a 1986-batch IPS officer from the Odisha cadre had joined the CBI as a joint director in 2016.