Supreme Court will hear NGO's Petition after the High-powered Committee Meeting For a New CBI Director



Supreme Court will hear NGO's Petition after the High-powered Committee Meeting For a New CBI Director

February 1: The Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Naveen Sinha on Friday asked the Center for what reason it has not designated a regular CBI Director yet.
While considering the importance and sensitivity of the post, the bench said that it was opposed to the appointment of interim chief for the premier investigating agency for a long period and the Centre should have appointed a regular director till this period.
Nonetheless, Attorney General K K Venugopal informed the court about the high-powered committee meeting, headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is scheduled for Friday, for selection of a new CBI director.
Mr.Venugopal likewise added that prior to appointing IPS officer M Nageswara Rao as the interim CBI director, the Centre had taken the approval of the high-powered committee.
Eventually, in pursuant to the submissions made by the Attorney General, the Supreme Court has posted the matter for further hearing on February 6.
On October 23, the Centre divested CBI Director Alok Verma of his powers because of his clashes with Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Not only this, all other officers probing Asthana were immediately transferred by the interim director M.Rao.
NGO Common Cause then approached Supreme Court challenging the appointment of Rao as interim CBI Director and sought specific mechanisms ensuring transparency in the process of appointment of CBI director.
The NGO’s in its plea also sought that the appointment of the CBI director should be done as per the procedure laid down in Section 4A of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, amended by the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013.
The unceremonious removal of Mr. Alok Verma as CBI chief, whose tenure was about to end in January 2019, has created a lot of controversies as well as raised many questions about the accountability of the government and the role of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
Besides, the corruption allegations against the Top officials of the CBI has also put a big question mark about the Agency's credibility.

Alok Verma
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)
M Nageswara Rao
NGO Common cause
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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