New Delhi: The Prime Minster Narendra Modi-headed selection committee, for the second time, will meet in the national capital on Friday to decide on the name of new chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the post which has been lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Alok Verma. Earlier, a similar meeting happened on January 24, which remained inconclusive. M Nageswara Rao has been working as the interim CBI chief after Verma’s ouster.
In the last meeting of the panel, a list of eligible officers along with their dossiers was shared with the panel members. Besides the Prime Minister, the selection committee consists of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.
On January 24, Kharge had told the media that “the government has presented names of 70-80 officers. There was no mention of their career details including relevant experience. We (referring to CJI Gogoi) have asked them to provide all the necessary details”.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Verma defied a government order asking him to join as chief of Fire Services. The non-compliance may result into departmental action against him, reports claimed.
He was directed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to take charge as director general of the Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards on Thursday, the day of his superannuation. However, he did not take up the new assignment as directed.
Verma was first moved out of the CBI by the government in a midnight order on October 23 last year on the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) over a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges. However, the former CBI chief was reinstated by the Supreme Court on January 9.
After the top court’s order, a high-powered panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and consisting of Justice AK Sikri, the nominee of Chief Justice of India, and leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, in a 2:1 decision removed Verma and asked him to join the residual term of the CBI director as DG Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.