CBI chief Alok Verma moves SC after Centre sends him on leave

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New Delhi: Alok Verma, Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), moved the Supreme Court on Wednesday challenging his leave order sent by the Central Government earlier today. The SC has accepted Verma’s matter and his plea is likely to be heard on Friday.

Gopal Sankaranarayanan, the lawyer appearing for Verma, told the apex court that the Centre’s decision of sacking both the CBI director and Special Director Rakesh Asthana can compromise the investigation of many ongoing sensitive cases.

Earlier today, Verma has been replaced by M Nageshwar Rao, a senior Joint Director (JD) in the investigating agency. Rao will take over the duties and functions with immediate effect, read an order from the Centre.

The Centre’s decision came a day after Rakesh Asthana moved the Delhi High Court challenging the FIR filed against him by the CBI alleging him of accepting bribe from a businessman. The Delhi HC on Tuesday said that Asthana cannot be arrested till Monday, until the court’s next hearing.

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