Update at 12.54 pm: It's really unfortunate that an officer of stature of CBI Director is being snooped. Why are the IB officers not going to Asthana's residence?: Majeed Memon, NCP
Update at 12.33 pm: IB Sources dismiss snooping charge, clarify 'officials were on routine duty'
After 4 men were detained outside Alok Verma's residence, the MHA has denied any snooping angle. MHA sources have said that to snoop on individuals and that too on a senior person as Verma, there are far better techniques. The MHA has termed it a regular patrol, saying several important individuals reside on the same road, including the NSA and former PM Manmohan Singh.
Earlier in the day, four men in plain clothes were detained outside ousted CBI Boss Alok Verma’s residence. In the visuals accessed, the men can be seen running after being confronted by the cops. The detained men have claimed to be the part of the Intelligence Bureau.
Furthermore, Prashant Bhushan has moved Supreme Court seeking quashing of the recent decisions by the centre on the recommendation of the CVC, resulting in the massive CBI overhaul. Bhushan's NGO Common Cause has filed a petition in the top court regarding the two mentioned decisions, as well as also seeking removal of Rakesh Asthana from CBI and an SIT probe into the cases of corruption against the officers of the agency.
The Congress party, meanwhile, has attacked the government over the snooping allegations, saying, “As if the illegal removal of Alok Verma from his post as CBI chief wasn't enough, now the govt. has set IB operatives to spy on him. Not the first time for, #StalkerModi”
Amid row between the number 1 and number 2 at CBI, the Centre on the recommendation of CVC appointed Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao as the interim CBI director in an unprecedented move. Nageshwar Rao took charge as the CBI Interim Director around 2 am this morning, as per the sources.
Both Alok Verma and 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.