On the wee hours of Wednesday, the government stepped into the in-fight within CBI, and decided to sack Alok Verma as the Director while sending the agency's No. 2, Rakesh Asthana on a leave. Further, for the interim period, IPS Nageshwar Rao has been elevated as the CBI boss. CBI's No.1 Verma was accused by Asthana of corruption, though, the agency had booked case of bribery against Asthana himself earlier this month.
Here are the following implications which can be seen from this decision by the government:
These are the following points which needs to be noted following the sacking of CBI boss Alok Verma and the appointment of Nageshwar Rao as the boss:
The CBI, India's premier investigative agency, was in the midst of an internal war between its two top officials, Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, with the latter having a bribery case filed against him, and, in turn, alleging that Verma received illegal gratification in the Moin Qureshi case.
On Tuesday, Rakesh Asthana moved Delhi High Court seeking quashing of FIR and coercive steps against him. Asthana, through his counsel mentioned the matter before the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court in his chamber.
Later in the day, the Delhi High Court denied to stay the proceedings against Asthana and DSP Devendra Kumar. While denying to stay the proceedings, the High Court said that all electronic records of the accused to be preserved including mobile phones, laptops etc.