In a sudden move, the government removed controversial CBI Additional Director M Nageswar Rao and posted him as a Director-General Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard, last evening. A 1986-batch IPS officer from Odisha cadre, Rao held the position of interim chief of the CBI twice.
According to an official order, he was removed from the post of CBI additional director and posted as a Director General Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard. The government had decided to remove former agency director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana amidst an unprecedented tussle between the two.
They had levelled allegations of corruption against each other after which the government handed over the charge to Rao till the appointment of Rishi Kumar Shukla as the new CBI director in February this year. An order by the home ministry cut short Rao’s tenure at the CBI and has assigned him a new assignment.
The government in its order said, “Upon the curtailment of tenure of M. Nageswar Rao, IPS (OD 1986), Additional Director, CBI, by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet and placing of his service with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the competent authority has approved his appointment as Director-General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guard by temporarily downgrading the post to the level of Additional Director General (Level-15 of pay matrix), for a combined tenure up to his superannuation on July 31, 2020, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.”