Interim CBI director Nageswara Rao cancels all transfers made by Alok Verma

New Delhi: Hours after again taking charge as interim Director of the CBI on Friday, Additional Director M Nageswara Rao nullified all the transfer orders issued by Alok Verma, who was removed from the post of the agency’s Director on Thursday.

Informed sources said that Rao axed all the transfers — of six officials including two Joint Directors, one Assistant Director and two Deputy Inspector Generals (DIG) — done by Verma on Wednesday and Thursday after the latter was restored to the top post by the Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, Verma had revoked most transfer orders issued by Rao on October 24, a day after he was appointed the interim Director of the agency, for the first time. That day, Rao transferred 13 CBI officials including Joint Director (Policy) AK Sharma, Deputy Inspectors General MK Sinha, Anish Prasad, KR Chaurasia and Tarun Gauba, Additional Superintendent of Police SS Gurm and Deputy Superintendents of Police AK Bassi and Ashwani Kumar.

The transfers were Rao’s first decision after he took charge again on Friday as interim Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director after a Select Committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night removed Verma as the CBI chief.

The government sent Verma on leave divesting him of his powers along with Special Director Rakesh Asthana following a bitter spat between them over corruption charges.

(With inputs form IANS)