SC To Hear Plea Against Nageshwar Rao’s Appointment Next Week

The high-powered Selection Committee will meet on 24 January to appoint the new CBI Director.

Updated16 Jan 2019, 01:08 PM IST
17 min read

The following week can turn out to be eventful for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), as the selection panel is set to meet on 24 January to decide on the new CBI director.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, 16 January, agreed to hear a plea against M Nageshwar Rao’s appointment as the interim CBI director. The plea, which also sought transparency in the process of appointment, will be heard next week.

The development comes two days after Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, the only dissenter in the High-Powered Committee that ousted former CBI Director Alok Verma, wrote to the prime minister asking to release the findings of the CVC, Justice AK Patnaik’s report and the minutes of the 10 January meeting of the committee.

  • PM Modi-led Selection Committee will meet on 24 January to appoint the new CBI director
  • Kharge wrote to the PM asking for the CVC report and the High-Powered Committee meeting minutes to be made public
  • Alok Verma was removed as CBI director by the PM Modi-led Committee by 2:1 majority. The committee also included Justice AK Sikri and Mallikarjun Kharge

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12:32 PM, 07 Jan

CBI vs CBI: SC Verdict on 8 January

The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce verdict on CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma's plea against the Centre's decision to divest him of his powers and sending him on leave on Tuesday, 8 January.

The Centre had taken a decision against Verma and CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana after their feud had become public as they had made allegations of corruption against each other.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on 6 December reserved its judgment after hearing arguments on behalf of Verma, the Centre, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and others.

The court had also heard the plea moved by NGO Common Cause which had sought a court-monitored SIT probe into the allegations of corruption against various CBI officials, including Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

12:46 PM, 07 Jan

Graphic Novel: Explaining the Drama at the ‘Comic Bureau of India’

India’s ‘premier investigating agency’, Central Bureau of Investigation, or CBI, is buzzing with all the wrong news lately. CBI Director Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana are warring, the government is allegedly taking sides, third party interventions are suspected, and the Opposition is lapping up this ill-timed controversy. Honestly, it’s all very confusing.

Here’s an explainer, from a parallel universe, about different people. Any resemblance to any person or organisation is definitely a co-incidence.

12:46 PM, 07 Jan

CBI Infighting: Asthana, Verma, Qureshi – Here Are the Key Players

From Rakesh Asthana to Alok Verma to Satish Babu Sana to Moin Qureshi – Here is a closer look at the key players in the CBI vs CBI controversy

12:46 PM, 07 Jan

CBI vs CBI: Govt’s Credibility and State of Institutions at Stake

The recent furore within the CBI has brought the country to a very critical juncture where we are staring at a question on the functioning of legal bodies and institutions in our country. The second biggest challenge is whether that political capital – accumulated enormously within the current government’s reach – will get demonetised.

Published: 07 Jan 2019, 01:25 PM IST
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