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Warring Top Cops Removed to Maintain CBI’s Integrity, Says Jaitley Earlier this morning, the government had appointed M Nageshwara Rao as CBI's interim chief

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FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday that the government’s action to send on leave the top two officers of the Central Bureau of Investigation is intended to restore the institutional integrity and credibility of India’s premier investigative agency.

Earlier this morning, the government had appointed M Nageshwara Rao, Joint Director of CBI, as its interim chief on the recommendation of the Chief Vigilance Commission, the supervisory body for CBI.

This was after a much public spat between the Director of CBI Alok Verma and its Special Director Rakesh Asthana in the past few days. The CBI had filed a First Information Report against Asthana on Sunday on corruption charges.

Earlier, Asthana had leveled charges of corruption and misconduct against Director Alok Verma in his complaint to the CVC.

Asthana had appealed to the Delhi High Court on Tuesday seeking the quashing of the FIR against him. The court had ordered no action against him till the next hearing on October 29.

In a media briefing. Jaitley said that to maintain the integrity of the CBI, the two officers will sit out by going on leave and that “it is an interim measure”.

Jaitley also said that a Special Investigation Team will now investigate the charges under the new interim Director. “This is in accordance with highest standards of fairness,” Jaitley said.

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