No decision on new CBI chief, selection panel to meet again

The meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee to decide on the next CBI chief remained inconclusive, last evening. It failed to select next CBI director.

According to official sources, at the meeting a list of eligible officers along with their dossiers was shared with the panel members. But no decision has been taken so fark. The selection committee is likely to meet again any time next week to finalise the name of the CBI director.

Besides Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and leader of the largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge are members of the committee. They met at the residence of the Prime Minister.

Kharge said that the government presented names of 70-80 officers. But, 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. The next meeting will be convened may be by next week,” he added.

According to sources, the government is considering names of officers from 1982 to 1985 batches. The meeting comes two weeks after Alok Verma was ousted from the post amid a months-long crisis in the probe agency. The CBI chief has a fixed tenure of two years.

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