The central government on Friday made a shock announcement to remove CBI Director Nageswara Rao from his post. A notification by the home ministry said that Rao will take over as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.
Interestingly, when the Centre had unceremoniously removed the then CBI Director Alok Verma last year, it had offered him the same posting as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards. Verma never took charge of that post and retired the service instead.
“Upon the curtailment of tenure of Shri M Nageswara Rao, IPS (OD 1986), Additional Director CBI, by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet and placing of his services with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the competent authority has approved his appointment as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, by temporarily downgrading the post to the level of Additional Director General, for a combined tenure upto his superannuation on July 31, 2020 or until further orders, whichever is earlier,” Indian Express quoted the order by Ministry of Home Affairs.
After Verma challenged his dismissal in the Supreme Court, the top court ordered the Narendra Modi government to restore him in his post. However, two days later, the Selection Panel comprising the prime minister, the leader of the opposition and Justice AK Sikri had removed him from his post once again.
Rao was later found guilty of contempt of court by the Supreme Court. He was fined Rs 1 lakh and ordered to remain standing in a corner of the court till the end of the day’s proceedings.