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M. Nageshwar Rao again takes charge as new CBI chief

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A day after the removal of Alok Verma, M. on Friday again took charge of the office of the (CBI)

Verma was on Thursday removed as the on account of the "extremely serious nature of observations made by the (CVC) against him".

The decision to remove Verma was taken by the Selection Committee, headed by and comprising of in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. of is also a member of the Committee but he was represented by Justice A K Sikri, the senior most of the

Verma, who has been accused of corruption by his Rakesh Asthana, resumed charge as Director on Wednesday after the reinstated him a day before, saying that the Central should have referred the case to the if it wished to initiate the removal of the director.

M. Nageshwar Rao, 1986-batch Odisha cadre (IPS) officer, will look after the duties of the Director, till the appointment of a new Director or until further orders, whichever is earlier, according to an order issued by the

Rao was first given charge as after the Centre's October 23 decision when it has sent Verma on leave divesting him of his powers along with following a bitter fight between them alleging each other's involvement in corruption.

Asthana has accused Verma of accepting bribe from a Hyderabad-based being investigated by the agency.

Verma has also accused Asthana of the same crime.

In the wake of their bitter spat, the government, in the midnight of October 23, 2018, had sent both Verma and Asthana on leave, following which Verma challenged the government's order in the apex court.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 15:00 IST