In a dramatic midnight action, the Union Government on October 23, 2018 removed CBI Director Alok Verma from his post. Verma was appointed as CBI Director in 2016 for two years and his tenure ends in December 2018. The decision was taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) in the past midnight. The committee also issued an order appointing M Nageshwar Rao, presently working as Joint Director at the CBI, as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Rao will take over the duties and functions of CBI Director with immediate effect. Rao, a 1986 batch Odisha cadre officer, joined the CBI as Joint Director and was promoted as Additional Director in 2018 itself.
- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is the premier investigating agency of India.
- Operating under the jurisdiction of the Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, the CBI is headed by the Director.
- The Director is an IPS officer with a rank of Director General of Police or Commissioner of Police (State) and is appointed for a term of two years.
The Delhi Special Police Establishment Act empowers a Committee constituted under the chairmanship of Central Vigilance Commissioner to appoint the Director of CBI. The committee comprises:
- Prime Minister (Chairperson)
- Leader of Opposition
- Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court Judge recommended by the Chief Justice