Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana were sent on leave by the central government. Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao has been given the charge of director of CBI with immediate effect, according to reports. In major move by the central government, CBI building has been sealed and neither staff nor outsiders are being allowed inside the premises. A total of 9 officer have been transferred. Deputy SP of CBI AK Bassi has been transferred and posted as Deputy SP CBI, ACB Port Blair. Additional SP CBI SS Gum has been transferred and posted as CBI, ACB Jabalpur. CBI DIG MAnish Kumar Sinha, DIG Taurn Gauba, DIG Jasbir Singh, DIG Anish Prasad, DIG KR Chaurasia, HoB Ram Gopal and SP Satish Dagar have been transferred. These officials were probing into the case against Asthana, as per ANI report. The government's crackdown comes a day after the Delhi High Court directed the CBI to maintain status quo on the criminal proceedings initiated against Asthana. A trial court in the national capital sent CBI's DSP Devender Kumar, arrested in connection with bribery allegations involving its Special Director Asthana to seven-day remand. In the order, which bears signature of Additional Secretary to the Govt. of India, "Reference this Department's orders of even no. dated 23.10.2018. The Appointments Committe of the Cabinet has approved that during the period of the subsistence of the aforesaid interim measure, cited in reference above, Shri M. Nageshwar Rao, IPS, presently working as Joint Director, CBI shall look after duties and functions of Director CBI and shall take over the duties and functions with immediate effect." In terms of both Lok Pal Act & Supreme Court Judgment in Jain Hawala case-Director CBI has a fixed tenure of 2 years.Govt can not curtail tenure\/take interim measures without a meeting of Committee consisting of PM,CJI & leader of Opposition\/single largest party.Prima Facie ?able pic.twitter.com\/89GowQg6Jh \u2014 Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) October 24, 2018 The ongoing tussle involving Asthana and his boss Verma, the CBI Director has evoked a political slugfest with Congress latching onto the issue to corner the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. "In terms of both Lok Pal Act & Supreme Court Judgment in Jain Hawala case-Director CBI has a fixed tenure of 2 years.Govt can not curtail tenure\/take interim measures without a meeting of Committee consisting of PM,CJI & leader of Opposition\/single largest party," Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari posted on Twitter.