New Delhi: Amid the ongoing controversy over the CBI row, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has reportedly expedited the process to shortlist the names for the post of agency’s director. The list includes the names of senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers selected in 1983, 1984 and 1985. The development comes in the wake of Alok Verma’s ouster as the Central Bureau of Investigation Director by a high-powered selection committee on Thursday on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty. The charge of the CBI is currently with Additional Director M Nageswara Rao.
Sources familiar with the matter, were quoted as saying in an IANS report 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, are being considered for the post of CBI Director.
Other names that are being mulled upon are: Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Union Home Ministry Rina Mitra, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, National Security Guard (NSG) Director General Sudeep Lakhtakia, Bureau of Police Research and Development chief AP Maheshwari, Director of National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences S. Javeed Ahmed, Border Security Force (BSF) Director General Rajnikant Mishra and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) chief SS Deswal.
The names chosen by the DoPT, would be sent to the Select Committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and the Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge to decide the final pick for a fixed term of two years. The final decision on who will be appointed as the new CBI Director is expected to be out by the end of this month.
According to 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, reported IANS.
Alok Verma was removed as CBI director unceremoniously on Thursday, 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 to stop the ‘kilkenny cat fight’ between them. After being ousted, Verma had claimed that he was transferred on the basis of ‘false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations’.
On Friday, Verma, whose fixed tenure of two years was to end on January 31, refused to take charge as Director General Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards, under the Union Home Ministry. He is the first chief in the 55-years of the CBI’s history to face such action.