New Delhi, February 7: The Supreme Court today pulled up the former interim Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Nageshwar Rao for transferring AK Sharma who was probing Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, without taking the top court’s consent. Rao got contempt of court notice from the apex court. The court also sought the personal appearance of Rao on February 12. After the CBI counsel informed that two officials including Rao were involved in transferring Sharma, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said, “We are going to take it very very seriously. You have played with order of Supreme Court of India. God help you. Never play with SCs order.”
In October, Rao was appointed at the CBI interim chief after the premier investigative agency’s director Alok Verma and its special director Rakesh Asthana were sent on leave because both had filed corruption charges against each other. However, on January 11, Rao revered all transfer orders by Verma after resuming charge of the CBI.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Newly appointed CBI chief Rishi Kumar Shukla took charge of the probe agency. Shukla, 59, took over the reins as the agency clashed with the Kolkata Police on Sunday over questioning of its Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar over a Ponzi scheme scam. A 1983-batch IPS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, Shukla was appointed as the 28th Director General of Police (DGP) of Madhya Pradesh on June 30, 2016.