M Nageshwar Rao appointed interim CBI director with immediate effect

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 24: The government has appointed Central Bureau of Investigation Joint director M Nageshwar Rao as the interim director of the investigating agency with immediate effect.India's premier investigating agency's chief Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana have been sent on leave. CBI is known to handle tough and sensitive issues, and ironically it itself is embroiled in mud-slinging and top officers are hurling corruption charges at each other.Now Rao will assume office as interim CBI chief at 9.30 am today.The move comes after the Central Vigilance Commission passed an order seeking removal of all powers to both  Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana.Nageshwar Rao is a 1986 batch IPS officer from the Odisha cadre.

In the meantime, DSP Devendrer has been sent on a 7-day custody.