The selection panel meeting led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to select the new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director has shortlisted three IPS officers for the post. But who will be the director remains vague. The panel had selected three names and sent it to the Appointment Cabinet Committee (ACC) for final call.
The three-member panel also comprises of Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi and Leader of Opposition party, Mallikarjun Kharge.
LoP Kharge claimed that the selection panel will send three names to ACC and the government will announce the name from the shortlist.
Sources said that BSF director, General Rajnikant Mishra is the front runner.
Earlier, the panel had last met on January 24 to appoint the director for the anti-corruption agency but the meeting remained “inconclusive”. Before the meeting, the members were given a list of 80 names, which included Bureau of Civil Aviation Security chief Rakesh Asthana.
After the meeting, Kharge, stated that he needs more time to check the verity of the officers. The meeting happened two weeks after Alok Verma was removed as the CBI Director by the high-powered committee in a 2:1 majority verdict.
The panel was against Verma’s continuance as CBI chief in light of the Central Vigilance Commission’s report and “the extremely serious nature of observations made by the CVC against Verma”. Additional director, M Nageshwar Rao continues to hold the post of interim chief.
Based on superiority, integrity, experience in investigating anti-corruption cases and most importantly, their experience of working in the CBI or treating vigilance matters, the government has shortlisted as many as 3 candidates.
However, the order will be issued after the panel approves the final candidate.