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SC to hear plea against Rakesh Asthana's appointment as CBI special director on 13 November

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear on 13 November a plea challenging the appointment of Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as a special director in the CBI.

The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer by advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO Common Cause, who sought an urgent listing of the plea.

 SC to hear plea against Rakesh Asthanas appointment as CBI special director on 13 November

File image of IPS officer Rakesh Asthana. PTI

"The matter is about a gentleman's appointment as a special director of CBI. We are challenging it. Kindly list the matter urgently on Friday or Monday," Bhushan told the bench.

The petition termed the decision to appoint Asthana as "illegal" and "arbitrary". The plea has claimed that the CBI was probing a matter in which Asthana's name had cropped up.

Demanding quashing of Asthana's appointment, the plea has also sought a direction to the Centre to transfer him out of the agency during the pendency of the investigation.

The petition has claimed that the government and the selection committee overruled the opinion of the CBI director in violation of the law.

It also said that the special director was the second highest office in the CBI after the director and supervised almost all important cases being handled by the agency.

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Updated Date: Nov 09, 2017 13:26:55 IST