Offices Of Warring CBI Chief And Deputy Sealed, Searched, Say Sources

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CBI chief Alok Verma (pictured here) and Rakesh Asthana's offices have been sealed (File Photo)

New Delhi:

CBI director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana have been sent on leave amid the massive infigthing within the country's top investigating agency. M Nageshwara Rao, a joint director at the agency, has been appointed its interim director. Mr Rao is a 1986 batch IPS officer from the Odisha cadre and supersedes Mr Asthana.

The move caps week-long turmoil that began with chief Alok Verma filing a case against his deputy, accusing him of bribery in an investigation. Rakesh Asthana yesterday took the CBI to court, asking for the charges to be cancelled and for protection against arrest.

Meanwhile, the offices of both Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana have been sealed and all officers working with the CBI director have been sent on leave. The 10th and 11th floor of the CBI office in Delhi, which has the rooms of all these officers, are being raided, say sources.

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The government's order last night followed a recommendation by the country's top vigilance officer, Chief Vigilance Commissioner, that the CBI's warring top two be sent on compulsory wait, stripped of all responsibilities.

Here are the LIVE updates on the massive infighting within the CBI:

Oct 24, 201809:10 (IST)"Habitual and perpetual misuse of CBI by Modi Govt," says Congress' Randeep Surjewala
In yet another tweet directed at the Modi government, Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said PM Modi "seeks to achieve surreptitiously& clandestinely what he can't do directly to sack CBI Director".

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PM Modi seeks to achieve surreptitiously & clandestinely what he can't do directly to sack the CBI Director.
Habitual and perpetual misuse of CBI by Modi Govt & BJP to tamper fair investigation of serious criminal cases is the reason for this unfathomable mess. pic.twitter.com/iH6fgeCtKI

– Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 24, 2018

Oct 24, 201809:07 (IST)"Systematic dismantling & denigrating of CBI is now complete," says Congress
Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala, in a series of tweets, has taken the Modi government to task over the CBI tussle. Tweeting the appointment letter of the interim CBI director, Mr Surjewala said the Modi government "buries the 'last nail' into the independence of CBI". He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "ensures that CBI's integrity, credibility & reliability is 'buried & dead'".

Modi Govt buries the 'last nail' into the independence of CBI.
Systematic dismantling & denigrating of CBI is now complete.
Once a premier investigating agency, PM ensures that CBI's integrity, credibility & reliability is 'buried & dead'. 1/n pic.twitter.com/11b451jYBV

– Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 24, 2018

Oct 24, 201809:00 (IST)Arvind Kejriwal tweets on CBI tussle: "What are the reasons for sending CBI director on leave?"

What are the reasons for sending CBI director on leave? Under which law did the Modi govt get the authority to initiate action against the chief of an investigating agency appointed as per the Lokpal Act ? What is Modi govt trying to hide ?

– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 24, 2018

Oct 24, 201808:43 (IST)Appointment letter of M Nageshwara Rao as CBI interim CBI chief

#CBI – Director Alok Verma and Spl Director Rakesh Asthana sent on leave. Govt finally acts ! #pmopic.twitter.com/eIsz029FJY

– Neeta Sharma (@NEETAS11) October 24, 2018

Oct 24, 201808:43 (IST)Amid CBI raids and new appointment of chief, lawyer activist Prashant Bhushan says "as feared & suspected"
Prashant Bhushan in a tweet termed the appointment of M Nageshwara Rao as interim director at the CBI "totally illegal".

Breaking! As feared&suspected, the govt has removed the Director CBI from his charge, because he was pursuing corrupt Spl Director Rakesh Asthana who was foisted on CBI by PMO despite his being investigated by the CBI itself in corruption cases.Totally illegal. Will be Challenged pic.twitter.com/KyZgEUBpyF

– Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) October 24, 2018

Oct 24, 201808:36 (IST)M Nageshwara Rao appointed interim CBI director
Amid the infighting at CBI headquarters, and a raid which occurred this morning, the centre has appointed M Nageshwara Rao as the agency's interim head.
Oct 24, 201808:32 (IST)CBI building has been sealed
CBI building has been sealed. Neither staff nor outsiders are being allowed, according to news agency PTI.
The 10th and 11th floor of the CBI office in Delhi, which has the rooms of all these officers, are being raided, say sources.Oct 24, 201808:31 (IST) Offices of warring CBI chief Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana sealed, being searched, say sources
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