A rule cited by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana has resulted in the elimination of two government choices for the post of CBI director. The rule was cited during the meeting of the selection panel comprising of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CJI and the Leader of Opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury held on Monday evening at the prime minister’s residence.
Notably, Justice Ramana cited a Supreme Court verdict according to which officers with less than six months left in service should not be considered for police chief posts. The selection panel must comply with the law, he said, according to media reports. The six-month rule has never been cited before in the selection of a CBI director.
Justice Ramana’s point was supported by Chowdhury thus lending it majority support in the three-member committee.
Who got eliminated
The six-month rule reportedly resulted in the disqualification of Rakesh Asthana the Border Security Force chief retiring on August 31, and National Investigation Agency chief YC Modi, retiring on May 31—two of the names seen to be at the top of the heap in the government’s shortlist.
Who is leading the race for CBI chief
The panel has reportedly identified three candidates among all those shortlisted for the CBI chief’s position. It includes Maharashtra’s former director general of police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, director general of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) KR Chandra and home ministry’s special secretary VSK Kaumudi. Jaiswal, the senior-most of the three, is reportedly the frontrunner.
Congress blames Centre for casual approach
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who was part of the panel, has blamed the government for a casual and superficial approach in listing candidates. He said he had originally received 109 names who had applied for the post of the CBI chief, out of which only 16 names were shortlisted by the department of personnel and training before the panel met.
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