PM Led Panel To Decide New CBI Director

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The Prime Minister (PM) led Selection Committee, which took the decision regarding the Alok Verma case, is scheduled to meet on the 24th of January to discuss about who the new Central Bureau of Investigation Director will be.

The Selection Committee, on Wednesday, said, “The government initially proposed that the meeting be held on January 21, but after consultations between members, finalised January 24 as the date for the meeting to select the new CBI director.”

The Selection Committee comprises PM Narendra Modi, Mallikarjun Kharge, a leader of the opposition party in the Lok Sabha (the Congress party) and Ranjan Gogoi, the Chief Justice of India (CJI.) However, it is not yet confirmed whether Ranjan Gogoi will attend the meeting or Justice A.K. Sikri will.

The decision to appoint the new CBI Director came after Mallikarjun Kharge, on the 14th of January, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the same. He also opposed the appointment of M. Nageswara Rao as the interim CBI Director.

In the letter, Mr. Kharge demanded a meeting be organised to select the new CBI Director as the post of the interim director is illegal. He further mentioned about the report by the Central Vigilance Commission regarding Alok Verma, the former CBI Director, and asked the Government to release the report.

Alok Verma was removed as the CBI Director by the Selection Committee after the Supreme Court rested the final decision regarding his case upon the Committee. The Committee also reinstained M. Nageswara Rao as the interim CBI Director, on the 10th of January.

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