CJI rescued from hearing plea against CBI’s interim Director

 Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, today, rescued himself  from hearing a plea challenging M Nageswara Rao’s appointment as interim Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The CJI said that he is a member of the Selection Committee, that will pick a successor to Alok Verma, who was removed as CBI director months after he was sent on leave.

The high-powered selection committee comprises the prime minister, the leader of the largest opposition party and the CJI or his nominee judge of the apex court. The plea will now be heard by Justice Sikri bench on Wednesday, January 24.

The plea, filed by an NGO, Common Cause, and social activist Anjali Bhardwaj, sought quashing of the January 10 order stating that duties of former CBI Director Alok Verma were to be handed over to Rao as an interim measure.

The petition, filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan, said the order of appointing Rao as interim director of CBI was “illegal, arbitrary, malafide” and in violation of the provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPE Act).

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