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Four people have been detained outside Alok Verma's residence in Delhi, after they were caught snooping

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Updated On:

Just over a day after the big clean up in CBI, which saw Director Alok Verma sent on leave and IPS Nageshwar Rao becoming the boss of the investigative agency, four people have been detained outside Verma's residence in Delhi, after they were caught snooping.

The incident, which took place early in the morning on Thursday, saw four individuals getting caught by the security personnel of the former CBI Director. Upon being caught, the four claimed to be of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), following which Police started their verification process.  

On Wednesday, Verma was divested of all his responsibilities by the government after a huge in-fight in the agency between him and Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Both had accused each other of corruption.

After Asthana was asked by the government to go on leave, same was told to Verma on the wee hours of Wednesday. IPS Nageshwar Rao was elevated as the interim CBI Director by the centre, which was working on the recommendations of CVC.

But hours after being sacked, Verma filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking quashing of his being put on leave. The matter would be heard on Friday. The petition lists Alok Kumar Verma IPS as petitioner and the Union of India (Department of Personnel and Training) and the Central Vigilance Commission as respondents.

READ: In Supreme Court Plea Against "patently Illegal" Leave Order, CBI Director Alok Verma Mentions 'probe Undesirable To Government', Rakesh Asthana's 'complicity', And Making CBI Independent. Read Here

The petition goes on to call the CVC and government's overnight decision to divest Alok Verma of his role as CBI Director as "patently illegal", and lists the following reasons:

  • The two-year period of the Director's tenure is precisely to secure the independence of the CBI but this has been violated.
  • The Section 4-A of the act constitutes a high powered committee of the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition and CJI. Exercise of power by the orders has been to bypass the mandate of the committee. 
  • As Supreme Court that the CBI ought to be insulated from the government, present actions give serious credence to the requirement that the CBI be given independence from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) which seriously hinders the independent functioning of the institution. 
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