New Delhi: Senior Congressman and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday sought to explain why the Selection Committee meeting over a new CBI director failed to reach a consensus a day ago. (Also read: Justice Sikri Recuses Himself From Hearing on CBI Interim Director)
Speaking to ANI, Kharge said, “We told the Prime Minister that the meeting should be called at the earliest. If it is postponed, then the person appointed as the CBI Interim Director, who is not even eligible (for the post), will continue in that position.”
Kharge added that Thursday’s meeting was inconclusive as there weren’t enough details to work with. He said, “The first mistake was appointing someone who was not even eligible and then the meeting was called without giving any details. This delay in meeting is because of the government’s mistake. This meeting should be held before February 21 when his term ends.”
The meeting was held at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official residence on Thursday evening where both Kharge and Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi reportedly sought more details about the candidates in the running.
The new CBI chief would be appointed for a fixed term of two years.
An IANS report quoted sources familiar with the matter as saying that Mumbai Police Commissioner Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, a 1985-batch IPS officer, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh and National Investigation Agency (NIA) chief YC Modi were being considered for the post.
According to the guidelines set by the Supreme Court in 2004, officers from the four oldest serving batches of the IPS will be in contention for the top post.
Alok Verma was removed as CBI director unceremoniously on January 10, two days after he was reinstated as the agency’s chief by the Supreme Court which quashed the Centre’s October 23 order of sending him, along with deputy Special Director Rakesh Asthana, on forced leave. After being ousted, Verma had claimed that he was transferred on the basis of “false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations”.