New Delhi: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) is planning to file a written complaint with the Delhi Police for illegally detaining and refraining government officials from performing their duties in alleged case of snooping of CBI chief Alok Verma who was sent on leave by the government. 

Reacting on the four men arrested in the morning, IB sources said they were entrusted with the responsibility of collecting intelligence on situations that may affect, inter alia, public order, and internal security.

The four men identified as Dheeraj, Prashant, Ajay, and Vinit, are from the Intelligence Bureau and were deployed for collecting information.

Two of the men were found sitting in a car outside the gate of ousted CBI chief Alok Verma's home on 2 Janpath in one of the “most high” security zones of Delhi, around 7:45 am. The other two were reportedly in a car near the back gate. Visuals on TV showed security officials dragging them by their shirts across the road.

Sources added such units are routinely deployed in sensitive areas. “At times, this is done in association with local law enforcement agencies and at other times, a surprise element is also built in. This also enables enforcement agencies to respond immediately to developing situations. This is unlike surveillance, which is done covertly, without any visible appurtenances,” the sources added.

The men were caught by his security personnel and hauled inside. The police have been called in and the men are being questioned.

“One such unit, in early hours of today, halted on Janpath, where there was an unusual gathering of people. Unfortunately, their presence was projected otherwise,” the source added.

Sources in Delhi Police said: "We are investigating the matter. Security unit personnel of Delhi police are visible in videos shared on social media. We will tale action as per the law,”  a senior level official said. 

The long-running feud between the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) top boss Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana took a surprise turn when both were expelled from their duties till the case was resolved.
 M Nageshwar Rao, a 1986-batch Odisha cadre officer, and Joint Director at CBI was appointed as the interim chief. The overnight activity took place reportedly under National Security Adviser Ajit Doval's supervision.