Narendra Modi-led selection committee's meet to decide on next CBI chief remains 'inconclusive'

The second meeting of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led panel on CBI chief's selection remained inconclusive, officials said on Friday

Press Trust of India February 01, 2019 21:15:57 IST
Narendra Modi-led selection committee's meet to decide on next CBI chief remains 'inconclusive'
  • The panel had earlier met on 24 January but could not decide on the CBI chief

  • The post of the CBI chief has been lying vacant since 10 January after the unceremonious exit of Alok Verma

  • Verma, after being removed from the post of CBI director by the PM-led panel, was named as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards

New Delhi: The second meeting of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led panel on CBI chief's selection remained inconclusive, officials said on Friday. The panel had earlier met on 24 January but could not decide on the CBI chief. Friday's meeting was attended by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.

Narendra Modiled selection committees meet to decide on next CBI chief remains inconclusive

Representational image. PTI.

The post of the CBI chief has been lying vacant since 10 January after the unceremonious exit of Alok Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges. Both Verma and Asthana had accused each other of corruption.

Verma, after being removed from the post of CBI director by the PM-led panel, was named as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards — a less significant portfolio. Verma did not accept the offer and wrote to the government, saying he should be considered as deemed superannuated as he has completed 60 years age of superannuation on 31 July, 2017.

He had taken over as the CBI chief on 1 February, 2017 for a fixed two-year tenure that ended Thursday. M Nageswara Rao has been working as the interim CBI chief since Verma's ouster.

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