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Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 17:05
India ousts investigative agency head amid probe of deputy
By Associated Press
Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 17:05 By Associated Press

The logo of India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is seen during a press conference by newly-elected CBI director Anil Kumar Sinha in New Delhi on Dec 3, 2014. (CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP)

NEW DELHI — The government of India has placed the director of the federal investigative agency and his deputy on leave days after the agency filed a case against the deputy alleging that he took bribes to settle a money laundering case.

The Supreme Court is set to hear Verma's challenge to his removal on Friday

Indian news reports say that the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Alok Verma, and special director Rakesh Asthana were removed from their posts in an overnight raid early Wednesday. A feud between the two men has been simmering since before Asthana was promoted to the agency's second-highest post last year.

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The CBI under Verma filed a case against Asthana on Oct 15.

The Supreme Court is set to hear Verma's challenge to his removal on Friday.

The government appointed a joint director to head the agency in the interim.

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