CBI vs CBI: Government removes CBI Director Alok Verma from his post; appoints M Nageshwar Rao

In a dramatic midnight action, the Union Government on October 23, 2018 removed CBI Director Alok Verma from his post. Verma was appointed as CBI Director in 2016 for two years and his tenure ends in December 2018.

The decision was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) in the past midnight. The committee also issued an order appointing M Nageshwar Rao, presently working as Joint Director at the CBI, as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Rao will take over the duties and functions of CBI Director with immediate effect. Rao, a 1986 batch Odisha cadre officer, joined the CBI as Joint Director and was promoted as Additional Director in 2018 itself.

The CBI also suspended its Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar, who was arrested on the charge of falsification of records while probing allegations against meat exporter Moin Qureshi and was sent to CBI custody for seven days. Kumar is an Investigating Officer in a case against Qureshi, who is facing multiple cases of money laundering and corruption.

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