IB admits its men were apprehended outside Alok Verma's residence

Odisha cadre IPS officer M Nageshwar Rao takes charge as interim CBI chief

Telugu IPS becomes CBI Director

"The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has no locus standi to either appoint a CBI director or transfer a director. The CBI was going to start an inquiry and therefore the prime minister got scared and removed the CBI chief at 1 am in the night", he alleged. After Asthana had challenged the same in Delhi High Court yesterday, a few hours later, a decision was taken by the Central government to send Verma on leave. "This is a clear case of the CVC being usurped and misused by the government to cover up things", Singhvi told the media here countering the Centre's bid to justify the move.

As the government went into a damage control mode, Joint Director M Nageswar Rao, a 1986-batch Odisha cadre IPS officer, was appointed to look after the "duties and functions" of the director with "immediate effect" as an "interim measure". The men were caught by Verma's security guard and later taken inside the home. This note was received by the CVC on October 22, a week after the CBI booked Mr. Asthana on charges of corruption.

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A news flash by news agency ANI said, "There will be no movement of officials or files at CBI Director's office and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana's office till 2 pm today (Wednesday)".

Immediately after taking charge at around midnight, Rao ordered the transfers of a dozen officers, with one of them being sent to Port Blair.

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There are reports that the CBI Headquarters has been sealed and neither officials nor outsiders are being allowed to enter the building as a team of officers is inside, sources said. This is to secure independence of the CBI and this has been violated by the present order. Kumar has been accused of fabricating the statements given by Sathish Babu Sana, a witness in the Qureshi case, showing that he had recorded a statement on September 26, 2016, in New Delhi.

The bench, which also comprised Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph, asked Bhushan to provide details and said it would consider granting urgent hearing on the petition.

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