In an unprecedented move, Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana, the warring top two in the CBI, were asked to step aside on Wednesday, till investigations into the allegations against them (made by each against the other) are completed, with the CVC performing its role as the "Superintendent" body of India's premier investigative agency. Amid row between the number 1 and number 2 at CBI, the Centre also appointed Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao as the interim CBI Director, with the entire set of developments over a 24-hour period quickly snowballing into a political controversy. With the Opposition and PIL petitioners using the development to claim that Verma was removed as he was about to initiate an investigation into the Rafale deal, and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stating that the move was made to maintain the integrity of the CBI, and particularly, in light of a secret letter by Asthana answering allegations against him being accessed, this is what Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami had to say about the matter on The Debate:
"Chaos and anarchy are not an option for this country and so it is a damn good thing that Prime Minister Modi has drawn the line and put the warring factions of the CBI in their place. The decisive action of asking the CBI Director to give up his responsibilities is just what was required because a CBI Director needs to be the head of an agency, not a psuedo-politician conspiring with activists, threatening an investigation on Rafale based upon his own personal interests. And if every CBI Director now and in the future starts planning his investigations based upon his own career advancement, then we might as well shutdown the agency itself. The Lobby which fights hard for midnight petitions for terrorists like Yakub Memon is unhappy that at 2 o'clock in the morning, the government shutdown the doors of the CBI for its psuedo activist Director. This lobby must now ask itself why it fails every time-- why it fails to engineer caste violence in India, why it fails to break the Supreme Court of this country, and why it failed abysmally and pathetically but undoubtedly to destroy the same CBI that it turned into a caged parrot when its henchmen were in power".