In an unprecedented move, the Government sent CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana on leave, to protect integrity of agency, .The Congress party, however, has jumped into the row and questioned the government’s move. Questioning the Modi government’s intervention, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala has said that the Government “Can’t remove investigation teams,” adding, “Systematic dismantling & denigrating of CBI is now complete” with the move.
Amid row between the number 1 and number 2 at CBI, the Centre has issued notification to appoint Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao as interim CBI director in an unprecedented move. Sources have now told Republic TV that 10th and 11th floor of the CBI Headquarters which have been sealed which host the offices of Director CBI, Special Director CBI and all Joint Directors CBI. Sealing has been done as a standard measure. The sources have also said that Nageshwar Rao took charge as CBI Interim Director around 2 am this morning.
Both the CBI Director, Alok Vemra and Special CBI Director, Rakesh Asthana have been asked to step aside till investigation is complete, as per the recommendation of the CVC. The Superintendence of investigation is under CVC as per the law. The CVC has said that since there are charges and counter charges both have to step aside for a fair investigation. Top government sources have said that those questioning the government decision must clarify whether they want anarchy. The government sources have also responded to the assertion of Prashant Bhushan that he will challenge the government order for change of CBI Director. The government sources have said that even if anyone challenges the decision, the Supreme Court won't entertain it.