The high-powered Selection Committee, headed by Prime Minister Narenra Modi, is likely to meet on January 24 to appoint the new CBI Director. In this committee other two members are the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.
According to the report, the government had proposed the meeting on January 21 earlier while Kharge wanted the meeting on January 24 or 25. After mutual consultations, the government has finalised January 24 as the date for the meeting to select the new CBI Director, a post which is lying vacant ever since the government removed Alok Verma and appointed him as Director General Fire Service.
IPS officer M Nageswara Rao was named the interim director of the CBI. The Congress has been attacking the prime minister for not appointing a regular CBI Director. Kharge had also written to the prime minister demanding early holding of the meeting of the high powered committee to appoint a regular CBI Director.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on today agreed to hear next week a plea by an NGO challenging the government order appointing IPS officer M Nageswara Rao as interim director of the CBI.