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PM-Led Selection Panel to Meet on January 24 to Decide on New CBI Director

A PIL, which was filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan, has sought a direction to the Centre to appoint a regular Director of CBI by following the procedure.

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Updated:January 16, 2019, 11:19 PM IST
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PM-Led Selection Panel to Meet on January 24 to Decide on New CBI Director
File image Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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New Delhi: Just days after Alok verma was removed over corruption allegations and a petition challenging the appointment of M Nageswara Rao as interim director, the PM-led selection panel will meet on January 24 to decide on new CBI director, said news agency ANI.

The Congress has been attacking the prime minister for not appointing a regular CBI Director.

Besides PM Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge are other members of the panel.

Kharge had written to the PM demanding that the panel meeting be convened at the earliest to appoint a new director of CBI as the agency cannot be run by an interim director, whose appointment he termed as illegal.

IPS officer M Nageswara Rao was named as the interim director of the CBI following Verma's removal.

Earlier, there was a petition filed by NGO Common Cause seeking direction to quash the January 10 order by the Centre appointing Rao as the interim/acting Director of the CBI.

The PIL, which was filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan, has sought a direction to the Centre to appoint a regular Director of CBI by following the procedure laid down in Section 4A of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, as amended by the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

It was in late October, amid an unprecedented public spat between the top two officers of the premier investigating agency, that M Nageshwar Rao was appointed as the interim director of the CBI with immediate effect.

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