What fuelled the feud in CBI?

Geraldine Edwards
October 26, 2018

Verma, along with CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, was sent on leave by the government late on Tuesday.

M Nageswara Rao, the Telugu person and an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1986 batch, has been appointed as the new director of CBI's highest investigative agency.

The development comes a day after Verma was sent on leave following an ugly spat with special director, Rakesh Asthana.

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Jaitley said on Wednesday that the government's decision to remove the CBI's two top officers was based on the Central Vigilance Commission's (CVC) recommendations.

In a veiled reference to Nageswara Rao, Gandhi also alleged that the interim charge of the agency has been given to a person who has cases against him so that the prime minister can control him. This was with a view to check the reason why people had collected at the location. It's units are routinely deployed on a regular basis in sensitive areas.

"This is a high-security zone where several protectees reside". At other times, "a surprise element is also built in".

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Kejriwal retweeted Modi's June 5, 2013 tweet in which he had said it was "Unfortunate that in its quest to target political opponents, Centre is undermining intelligence systems with CBI questioning IB officials". The four men were caught outside Verma's house in New Delhi at 6 am today.

Further, Section 4B of the DSPE Act specifies a two-year tenure for the CBI director, and also notes that a CBI director can not be transferred without the prior consent of the appointing committee.

In a statement, CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal termed the news report as false. This FIR was a part of the "unprecedented" situation within the CBI which the government said forced it to intervene in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday and divest both the officers of their respective roles.

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