The CJI said that the panel should follow the law, the opposition leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary supported the rule in a three-member panel.
Justice NV Ramana sworn in as the next Chief Justice of the country (Photo-ANI)
On Monday evening, a high level committee meeting was held under the chairmanship of PM Modi to select the new Chief of CBI. Media reports quoted sources as saying that in this meeting, the Chief Justice of India cited a rule, after which two names dropped out of the CBI Chief’s race. PM Modi, Chief Justice of India, Leader of the Opposition, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, emphasized 3 names in this 90-minute meeting. The three names focused on include former Maharashtra Director General of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, SSB Director General KR Chandra and Home Ministry Special Secretary VSK Kaumudi. Reports have said that Subodh Kumar Jaiswal is the frontrunner in the race of CBI Chief.
In the meeting, the CJI insisted on the ‘six-month rule’. Never before has this rule been mentioned in the matter of appointment of CBI Chief. According to this rule, Justice Ramana referred to a decision of the Supreme Court, which said that if less than six months are left in the service of officers, they should not be consigned to the post of chiefs of police. According to sources, he said that the panel should follow this law.
These two names are out
Leader of the opposition party, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, supported the rule in a three-member panel. Due to this, BSF Chief Rakesh Asthana, who retired on August 31, has quit from the NIA Chief YC Modi race. YC Modi is retiring on 31 May. Both these names were at the top of the government’s choice.
This meeting was delayed by 4 months
After about 4 months, this meeting of the selection panel of CBI Chief was held at PM Modi’s residence. The law states that the committee will select the CBI director “from the list of four senior-most IPS officers of the senior-most batches” on the basis of seniority, integrity and experience in investigating anti-corruption cases. According to information received from the sources, in the meeting, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary has alleged that he did not get a chance to vote in the process of finalizing the names.
Post vacant since RK Shukla’s retirement
The post of director of the investigating agency CBI has been lying vacant since the retirement of RK Shukla in February. From the retirement of RK Shukla to the appointment of full-time chief, the responsibility of taking over the charge of CBI Senior Most Additional Director Praveen Sinha has been given.
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