What fuelled the feud in CBI?

The government said that Rao will 'look after duties and functions of director CBI and shall take over the duties and functions with immediate effect'. "The CBI was going to start an inquiry and therefore the prime minister got scared and removed the CBI chief at 1 am in the night", he alleged.

On October 24, the Modi government sent the sitting CBI director and his deputy Rakesh Asthana on leave after the war between the two became public. The CVC, which is headed by KV Chowdary, has superintendence over the CBI in cases of corruption.

The Delhi High Court has given former CBI Director Alok Verma time till Monday, October 29 to respond to the allegations against Asthana. "The grave allegations of corruption by senior functionaries of CBI one against another, also widely reported in the media, have vitiated the official environment...the order is passed keeping in view the extraordinary and emergent situation which has arisen", the order said.

A day after the 1986-batch Odisha cadre IPS officer M. Nageshwar Rao took over as the new CBI director, the top investigative agency swiftly moved to charge eight employees of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with cheating the company of Rs 5 crore.

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After a spell of the internal fighting in the premier investigating agency, the Centre divested Verma and Asthana from their roles and asked them to go on leave. "Moreover, it also is in gross violation of the Supreme Court judgment in the Vineet Narain case wherein a tenure of a minimum of two years was fixed for the CBI director", said Singhvi citing the 1997 verdict.

Meanwhile, the fight within the agency has triggered a big political fight in India with opposition parties hitting out at the Centre. This is to secure independence of the CBI and this has been violated by the present order. Besides Asthana and Kumar, middlemen Prasad and Somesh Prasad have also been named as accused in the case.

He said that neither Verma's removal nor Rao's appointment was referred to the Selection Committee, as is required under the law and the Supreme Court directives.

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