New Delhi: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh rejected the claim made by Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge in a dissent note to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over appointment of MP-cadre IPS officer Rishi Kumar Shukla as new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director and held the Congress leader guilty of trying to manipulate the selection criteria.

“Whatever is being said by him is totally unfounded and not based on facts. For the selection of CBI Director, a very objective criteria was followed,” he said. Adding further, he claimed, “It’s rather Mr. Kharge who is guilty of trying to have manipulated independent assessment based criteria, in order to accommodate names of his preference.”

Earlier in the day, Kharge, in a dissent note to the Prime Minister, expressed his objection over the appointment of IPS officer Rishi Kumar Shukla as the new CBI Director citing the officer’s lack of experience in anti-corruption investigations.

Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was appointed as the new Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday. He will take over the charge from M Nageswara Rao, who is the acting director of the agency. The decision was taken during a meeting of the panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge.

The post of the CBI director was lying vacant since January 10 after the ‘hasty’ exit of Alok Verma, following his ugly spat with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges. After Verma’s ouster, M Nageswara Rao was appointed the interim CBI chief.

On Friday, the Supreme Court had ruled that it was “averse” to the arrangement of an interim CBI Director and the Centre should “immediately” appoint a regular chief of the probe agency.