Mannem Nageswara Rao has been appointed as the Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday after former director Alok Verma was removed from the post on late Thursday evening by a high-powered select committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A 1986-batch Odisha cadre Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Rao has been serving as Joint Director since he joined the CBI in 2016. He took charge in pursuance of an order of the Department of Personnel and Training issued a day earlier.

Nageswara Rao had earlier been appointed as the interim Director of the premier investigating agency on October 23 after the then CBI Director Verma was divested of his powers and sent on leave along with Special Director Rakesh Asthana following a bitter spat between them.

Alok Verma was reinstated by the Supreme Court on Wednesday and shunted out on Thursday evening by a high-powered select committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprising of CJI nominee Justice AK Sikri and Leader of the single-largest party in the Lok Sabha, Congress’ Mallikarjuna Kharge.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had nominated Justice AK Sikri for the meeting of the high-powered selection panel because he was in the Supreme Court bench that reinstated him as CBI director.