PM-led panel likely to finalise CBI Director’s name today

The Prime Minister-led selection panel is likely to finalise the name for the next CBI Director today. The panel till now met twice and unable to finalise the same. It will be meeting again this evening to take a final call.

The panel that met last evening has reportedly narrowed down their search to five persons, who took charge as the IAS officers between 1983 and 1984. Reports indicates that candidates from the list of 80 eligible officers belonging to 1983-85 batches were shortlisted to 30 IPS officers.

They were further shortlisted to five which includes former Madhya Pradesh DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla (1983 Madhya Pradesh cadre), Central Reserve Police Force chief R R Bhatnagar (1984 Uttar Pradesh), National Security Guard chief Sudeep Lakhtakia (1984 Uttar Pradesh), National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Sciences director Javeed Ahmed (1985 Uttar Pradesh) and Bureau of Police Research and Development chief A P Maheshwari (1984 Uttar Pradesh).

Meanwhile, Congress leader and one of the three members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee.  Mallikarjun Kharge has allegedly raised objections over the names put forth by the government, for the appointment of the next CBI Director during the second committee meeting.

The Selection Committee comprises the Prime Minister, the leader of the largest opposition party and the Chief Justice of India or his nominee judge of the apex court. The post of the CBI director has been 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 has been working as the interim CBI chief.

The Supreme Court had yesterday 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. The top court was hearing a petition filed by NGO Common Cause challenging the Centre’s decision to appoint IPS officer M Nageswara Rao as the interim CBI director.

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