Alok Verma vs Rakesh Asthana: Their offices searched; CBI building sealed, watch all big developments

New Delhi, Oct 24, News24 Bureau: This certainly will go down in the history of Indian Democracy as one of the darkest days when the country's premier investigation agency is shrouded in controversy with its two top officials indulging in slug-fest and hurling accusations of corruption at each other. Central Bureau of Investigation is the premier investigating agency of the country which takes up the most sensitive and difficult cases including that of corruption. Ironical, isn't it; that the agency which untangles knotty issues of corruption itself is embroiled in charges of corruption.In a dramatic midnight action, the government on Wednesday divested CBI chief Alok Verma of his charge and Joint Director M. Nageshwar Rao was asked to take over.Former Assistant Director of CBI, N S Kharayat has said that the central government should take the issue very seriously."The CBI is directly under the Prime Minister. This incident is unparalleled in the history of the CBI. This is very unfortunate that one special director of the CBI is facing corruption charges."The CBI is such a reputed agency and it is the duty of CBI officials to maintain its dignity and image I am shocked that the government has not woken up yet," Kharatyat told ANI.

Former Joint-Director of the CBI N K Singh termed the matter unfortunate."It is the most unfortunate. There have been ups and downs in the CBI in the past too. But, whatever is happening today has been never heard before. The credibility of the CBI is also lost now," he said.  The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) took the decision past midnight as a war between Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations hurled at each other."The ACC has approved that during the period of the subsistence of the aforesaid interim measure, cited in reference above, M. Nageshwar Rao, IPS, presently working as Joint Director, CBI, shall look after duties and functions of Director CBI and shall take over the duties and functions with immediate effect," the official statement said.The decision came after Asthana was divested of all supervisory charges on Tuesday.The government appeared to be peeved over the war at the top in the country's premier probe agency and took the action as he could not be sacked straight away.Verma was appointed as CBI Director for two years and his tenure ends in December.The CBI on Tuesday suspended its Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar, who was arrested on Monday on the charge of falsification of records while probing allegations against meat exporter Moin Qureshi.It also added five new sections into the existing bribery FIR lodged against its Special Director.