CBI infighting: Rakesh Asthana, Alok Verma sent on forced leave4 min read 24 Oct 2018, 08:30 AM IST
CBI director Alok Verma has challenged his forced leave in Supreme Court, even as joint director M. Nageshwar Rao took over as interim head
New Delhi: In a surprise midnight move, the government divested Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana of their powers, just hours after Verma directed his No. 2 to go on leave. The government intervened after days of intense feuding that threatened to sully the image of India’s premier investigative agency that is probing a series of high-profile corruption cases. Tuesday’s moves by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) are indicative of a sudden scramble by the government to prevent a perceived failure of governance.