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Search begins for new CBI director, all eyes on Parliament's Winter session

Nov 22, 2014 09:37 AM IST India India

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked CBI director Ranjit Sinha to recuse himself of 2G scam probe. As Sinha retires in December, the big challenge before the government is to get the Lokpal Act amended to pave the way for Sinha's successor.

According to the sources, the government is considering a probe against Sinha on allegations of attempts to scuttle the 2G scam investigations.

A show cause notice could be issued to Sinha asking him to explain why action should not be taken against him in light of the supreme court observation and prima facie evidence of impropriety and misconduct, the sources said.

The government is even considering a chargesheet against Sinha.

Sinha's term as CBI Director ends on December 2.

Government is constrained to name his successor because as per the new recruitment policy under the Lokpal act, the Leader of Opposition is required to part of the selection committe to appoint the CBI director

The sources within the government said that the Lokpal Act may be amended in the winter session to replace LOP with 'leader of single largest opposition party.'

If the ammendment is approved the new CBI director may be appointed from a list of senior most IPS officers in the country who have served CBI earlier.

Winter session is scheduled to begin on November 24 which means government has a window of a week and a half to ammend the Lokpal Act and appoint a new CBI chief.