Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has sent the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma on leave. Verma has been replaced by M Nageshwar Rao, a senior Joint Director (JD) in the investigating agency, “with immediate effect”. According to some reports, the CBI Headquarters in New Delhi has been sealed and neither officials nor outsiders are being allowed as a team of officers is inside Alok Verma has moved the Supreme Court, his petition will be heard on Friday. The ACC headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered that Rao “shall look after duties and functions of Director CBI and shall take over the duties and functions with immediate effect”.The order comes after unprecedented and internal bickering between Director CBI and Special Director Rakesh Asthana over a slew of charges levelled against each other. While Asthana has been booked on charges of corruption by the CBI, he has levelled serious charges of official misconduct, corruption against the Director in repeated representations to the government and Central Vigilance Commission. In a surprising and unprecedented move on October 15, the CBI had booked Asthana for receiving bribe from Sana through middlemen Manoj Prasad and Somesh Prasad. Asthana, a 1984 batch Indian Police Service officer of Gujarat cadre, is accused of accepting a bribe of Rs two crore from a businessman who was under probe in the Qureshi case in order to "wreck" the investigation. The case was being examined by a special investigation team (SIT) headed by Asthana.