Top Court To Hear Petition Against Nageswara Rao As CBI Interim Chief

Top Court To Hear Petition Against Nageswara Rao As CBI Interim Chief

Top Court To Hear Petition Against Nageswara Rao As CBI Interim Chief 

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is likely to hear a petition challenging M Nageswara Rao's appointment as the interim chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), next week.  Last Friday,  M Nageswara Rao had taken over the top job, after Alok Verma was sacked as the chief the agency by a high-powered panel headed by PM Modi. Mr Rao promptly reversed all decisions taken in the previous two days by his then boss.

On Monday, an NGO had filed a petition through advocate Prashant Bhushan, the petition seek a direction to cancel the government's order appointing Mr Rao as the acting director of the agency.  The petitioner, Common Cause had said it was "illegal, arbitrary, mala fide and in violation of the Delhi Police Special Establishment (DPSE) Act".

On October 23 midnight, the 1986-batch Odisha cadre Indian Police Service officer first took charge as interim chief under dramatic circumstances after CBI Boss, Alok Verma was divested of his powers and sent away.

A direction was being sought by the NGO to the government to appoint a regular director of the CBI as per the rules.

The sources said that soon after Nageshwar took charge of the CBI last week, every decision made by Mr Verma was cancelled. After returning to work, Mr Verma had reversed many transfers ordered by Mr Rao, mostly of members in his team, and also ordered the transfer of five officers.

Two days, after the Top Court reinstated Alok Verma was removed as the CBI chief. Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the opposition, who was part of the PM-led panel had put up a dissenting note saying that the vigilance inquiry had not found evidence that Mr Verma was guilty of bribery.

Alok Verma after his removal was transferred as chief of fire services. However, he refused to take up the new job and submitted his resignation.