The government has elevated interim CBI Director M Nageswar Rao, to the rank of an additional director, Press Trust of India has reported.
He had taken over as the interim chief after both Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana were sent on leave following a tussle. He had joined the CBI in 2016.
Before his appointment as the interim chief of the CBI, Rao was number three in the pecking order and was in-charge the agency's Chandigarh branch. Rao is a 1986 batch IPS officer of the Odisha cadre.
As per the report, he was not considered for elevation to the rank of the additional director in November 2016 and April 2018 review.
Rao has been awarded two President’s Police Medals: one for meritorious service and another for distinguished service. Apart from that, he has been felicitated with the Odisha Governor Medal and Special Duty Medal too.
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