Odisha cadre IPS officer M Nageswar Rao takes interim charge as CBI Director

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Bhubaneswar: M Nageswar Rao took charge as the interim director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday after the government sent the top two officers of the agency, director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana, on leave.

Nageswar Rao, presently working as joint director, CBI will “look after duties and functions of director CBI and shall take over the duties and functions with immediate effect,” said the order by an appointments committee led by the Prime Minister.

Nageswar Rao, a 1986 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from Odisha cadre, joined the CBI in 2016. He was the joint director before his stunning leap as interim director at a time the country’s top investigating agency is facing its worst crisis.

The offices of both Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana have been sealed and all officers working with the CBI director have been sent on leave. The agency also raided its own; all the offices were being searched on Wednesday.

Mr Rao is from Warangal in Telangana. A chemistry post-graduate from Osmania University, he did research in Madras IIT before joining the IPS.

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