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Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma has approached the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the Central government to send him on leave and appoint M Nageshwar Rao as interim Director.
The matter was mentioned today by advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who agreed to list the case on Friday.
This decision by the Central government came in the wake of the internal crisis that has plagued the CBI after it registered an FIR against its joint Director Rakesh Asthana.
The charges against Asthana in the FIR relate to his acceptance of a bribe of Rs. 3 crore by one Sathish Sana, who was involved in the Moin Qureshi case.
Asthana had moved the Delhi High Court yesterday seeking the quashing of the FIR. The Court ordered that status quo be maintained till the next date of hearing.
Subsequently, the Central government had acted swiftly and ordered Verma and Asthana to go on leave while appointing Rao as interim Director.