Panel to select the head of CBI focuses on 3 names | India News
PM Narendra Modi (File photo)
NEW DELHI: The high-powered committee, comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CJI NV Ramana and Congress Leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, to select the CBI shortlisted director three IPS officers – VSK Kaumudi, Subodh jaiswal and Kumar Rajesh Chandra, for the top position. One of the shortlisted candidates is likely to become director of CBI, a position that has been vacant for more than four months.
At the meeting, it emerged that the CJI suggested that three names could be chosen from among the most senior on the panel and the prime minister said: “We will go by the rule.” It was learned that Chowdhury presented a note of dissent, alleging violation of established procedures. However, he did not object to the names.
On May 11, Chowdhury received a list of 109 IPS officers in four batches from which the committee was to select one, according to sources. However, around 1 in the afternoon, the government, through the personnel and training department, sent out a list of 10 names. Four hours later, six more names were added to the list.
Chowdhury was reported to have raised objections to the way the list of names was shortened, saying the DoPT had no role in the shortlist. It emerged that he urged the panel to reschedule the discussion, the sources said, adding that Chowdhury said only officers with at least six months of service should be chosen.