Economy Government asks Verma, Asthana to go on leave; appoints IPS officer Nageshwar Rao as interim director Updated : October 24, 2018 01:33 PM IST Rao has been appointed as the additional director in the investigation agency and will hold charge till the pending inquiry. IPS officer Nageshwar Rao has been appointed as CBI's interim chief 'with immediate effect' after the CBI director Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana both asked to proceed on leave. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.