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Nageshwar Rao, a 1986 Odisha cadre officer, was number three in the CBI pecking order
Nageshwar Rao, a 1986 Odisha cadre officer, was number three in the CBI pecking order

CBI interim chief Rao is now additional director

CBI director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana were divested of their powers and joint director M. Nageshwar Rao given charge as interim director of the agency on 23 October

New Delhi: The appointments committee of the cabinet on Tuesday promoted the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI’s) interim chief M. Nageshwar Rao to the post of additional director, bringing him a step closer to the agency’s top job.

The promotion comes in the wake of the ongoing fracas between the two top bosses of the CBI.

An unprecedented maelstrom in India’s top investigative agency led to CBI director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana being divested of their powers and joint director Rao given charge as interim director on 23 October.

Even as the Supreme Court had stated that Rao would not take any fresh decisions during his stint as the interim chief, he has been one of the key people who were party to AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel James being brought back to India from Dubai, earlier this month.

Rao, a 1986 Odisha cadre officer, was number three in the ranking order in CBI.

As joint director, he was overseeing the Chandigarh branch, prior to which he was the joint director of CBI’s southern zone.

During his tenure in the agency, he supervised probes into the Saradha chit fund scam in Odisha and West Bengal and was recently, as interim chief, handed over the case loads of both Verma and Asthana.

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