New CBI director likely to be appointed today: Narendra Modi-led Selection Committee to meet after inconclusive last meeting

Attorney General KK Venugopal on Friday told the Supreme Court that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led high powered Committee for Appointment meeting is likely to take place on Friday to select a new Director for the CBI.

Asian News International February 01, 2019 14:40:42 IST
New CBI director likely to be appointed today: Narendra Modi-led Selection Committee to meet after inconclusive last meeting
  • KK Venugopal told the SC that the high powered Committee for Appointment meeting is likely to take place on Friday

  • The three-member committee, with Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the other members, had last met on 24 January

  • Names of 80 IPS officers were discussed by the committee, although it remained inconclusive

New Delhi: Attorney General KK Venugopal on Friday told the Supreme Court that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led high powered Committee for Appointment meeting is likely to take place on Friday to select a new Director for the CBI.

The three-member committee, with the leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the other members, had last met on 24 January. Names of 80 IPS officers were discussed by the committee, although it remained inconclusive on a successor for former Director Alok Verma.

New CBI director likely to be appointed today Narendra Modiled Selection Committee to meet after inconclusive last meeting

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ANI

The court also set a new date to hear the petition challenging interim Director Nageshwar Rao’s appointment. The two-judge bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra and comprising Justice Naveen Sinha, said the matter will be heard on 6 February.

Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO Common Cause, said on Friday that the Centre has to take permission from the high-powered committee for the appointment of an interim director, which he claimed was not done. Bhushan also pleaded that the appointment process should be transparent.
To this, Justice Mishra said that CJI Gogoi had, in his 10-page order, stated about how the transparency was established.

Verma was removed as the CBI Director on 8 January following months of conflict with Special Director Rakesh Asthana and was reinstated the following day on the orders of the Supreme Court. However, the committee voted 2:1 and removed Verma from the post on 11 January and appointed M Nageshwar Rao as the interim replacement.

On 31 January, Justice NV Ramana had recused himself from hearing the case against the appointment of Rao as the interim CBI chief, becoming the third judge who has recused from hearing the case after Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice AK Sikri.

The petitioners in the case claim that the lack of transparency in Rao's appointment allows the government to exercise "undue influence in the appointment process" especially at the stage of short-listing of candidates.

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