M. Nageswara Rao takes over CBI Director’s duties

Additional Director M. Nageswara Rao on Friday took charge of the office of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director, a day after removal of Alok Verma by high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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

Rao has been again given the charge after Alok Verma was on Thursday removed from the post barely 48 hours after re-joining as CBI Director.

A 2-1 decision by a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with its other two members being Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A.K. Sikri on Thursday decided to ease out Verma from the post of CBI Director.