Four men held for lurking outside CBI chief Alok Verma's Delhi residence

Four men held for lurking outside CBI chief Alok Verma's Delhi residence

Four men held for lurking outside CBI chief Alok Verma's Delhi residence

In a fresh development, the Central government has sent both the top official on long leave and appointed M Nageshwar Rao as interim director. Among other things, its units are "routinely" deployed in "sensitive areas", a home ministry official said. This also enables law enforcement agencies to respond immediately to developing situations, he added.

Citing the Lokpal Act, Singhvi asked if the decision was taken on the basis of the recommendation of a search committee that comprises of the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India and the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

"This is unlike surveillance, which is done without any visible appurtenances". Several reports were doing the rounds that files related to Rafale jet deal were with Verma, even Congress president Rahul Gandhi have attacked BJP saying CBI director was divested of powers because he was going to investigate the Rafale "scam".

"One such unit, in early hours of today (Thursday), halted on Janpath, where there was an unusual collection of people".

The fight is not ideological it's apparently a clash of allegiances
The fight is not ideological it's apparently a clash of allegiances

The decision to appoint Rao came a day after Special Director Rakesh Asthana moved the Delhi High Court seeking the quashing of FIR filed against him by the CBI in connection with an alleged bribery case.

On October 24, the Modi government sent the sitting CBI director and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on leave after the war between the two became public.

He is presently working as Joint Director in the CBI. "Unfortunately, their presence was projected otherwise", the statement said. "Every file in the CBI at each level is accounted for", he said.

The government's actions "give serious credence to the requirement" that the CBI be given independence from the DoPT which "seriously hinders" the former's "independent functioning". Asthana has also been divested of his charge.

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