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We had earlier posted the news that CBI Director Alok Verma starting proceedings against CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana on corruption charges. Now, in the midnight of yesterday the Prime Minister held an urgent meeting and removed Director Alok Verma from the post and posted Nageswar Rao as the new Director. Asthana has been asked to go on leave. The new Director had taken charge in the night itself and transferred the officer to Andaman and Nicobar Islands who was asked to enquire in to the corruption case of Asthana!

Modi Government is being severely criticised by opposition parties stating that these steps are taken to save Rakesh Asthana from the corruption charges. Asthana is an officer of the Gujarat cadre and is very close to Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.

Alok Verma has already approached the Supreme Court against his removal.