Appointment of CBI head: Congress writes to PM Modi, SC to hear PIL tomorrow

The PIL has alleged that the central government took a series of steps in a “completely mala fide, arbitrary and illegal manner to ensure that Asthana was given the charge of CBI director”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:December 8, 2016 4:46 am
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OBJECTING TO the manner in which IPS officer Rakesh Asthana has been given “additional charge” as CBI Director, the Congress on Wednesday accused the government of attempting to “manipulate” and “vitiate” the selection process.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha, has expressed concern over Asthana’s appointment and the “sudden transfer” of R K Dutta, one of the frontrunners for the job, from the CBI to the Home Ministry, days before the appointment.

“The government failed to convene a meeting which was to be chaired by you to finalise the selection of the director. With the sudden transfer of Special Director R K Dutta, the senior-most officer after the Director, as Special Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs, on 30th November 2016, it now appears that this was done deliberately to facilitate giving the charge of the post of CBI Director to an officiating junior officer,” Kharge has said in the letter.

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“It thus gives rise to apprehensions that the process of selecting the Director, CBI, has been vitiated and is being manipulated to pre-empt the decision to be arrived at in the meeting of the selection committee,” he has written.

The selection committee comprises the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Chief Justice of India.

While Anil Sinha retired as CBI Director on December 2, Kharge has asked why his successor was not selected on time and in the regular manner.

Asthana, a 1984-batch Gujarat cadre officer, is three years junior to Dutta. Since Asthana, who was Additional Director, CBI, has only been given “additional charge” as CBI Director, his appointment did not need to be decided by the selection committee.

But the committee will have to meet at some point, either to regularise Asthana’s appointment or appoint someone else as full-time Director. Kharge has asked the Prime Minister to convene a meeting of the selection committee immediately.

“The credibility of the premier investigating agency demands that a meritorious and experienced officer of requisite seniority is selected for appointment as Director, CBI, without any delay,” he has said.

Kharge also tried to raise the issue in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday but his remarks were expunged.

Meanwhile, a petition challenging the appointment of Asthana has been admitted by the Supreme Court and will be heard on Friday. “Okay…it will come up on Friday,” said Chief Justice of India T S Thakur, after advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for petitioner NGO Common Cause, mentioned the plea for an urgent listing.

The PIL has alleged that the central government took a series of steps in a “completely mala fide, arbitrary and illegal manner to ensure that Asthana was given the charge of CBI director”.

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    milind
    Dec 8, 2016 at 4:03 am
    CJ is congress known stooge Leader of opposition will try to install puppet CBI director of their choice so all investigation can be stopped. Govt doing good Hold appointment till CJ retire
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      Dharampal
      Dec 8, 2016 at 4:37 am
      Everything under Modi is rigged.
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        rameshnk
        Dec 8, 2016 at 4:43 am
        Whois this scamhgress to question ? What have they done during their rule? CBI was the moist misued dept under them. These scamgressis are most dramabaz. They should be dumped in the arabian sea.
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          Sriniwasan
          Dec 8, 2016 at 5:47 am
          When Ranjit Sinha a Corrupt Dynasty Acolyte was appointed as CBI Director by the UPA ,was it a fair decision.lt;br/gt;The Opposition cannot question every decision of the Government.Since there is PIL,let us see what the Hon SC has to say?
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            manuel
            Dec 8, 2016 at 8:02 am
            Good or dirty governance ?
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              mumbikar
              Dec 8, 2016 at 7:29 am
              well well, was'nt it this guy as investigating officer during 2002, help modi and shah to cover up ? not surprised. all the rss/bjp goons are now guaranteed clean chits !!!
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                KAPIL DEV
                Dec 8, 2016 at 4:30 am
                congress is criticizing every action of government . THEY forget that every decision of of UPA GOVERNMENT was taken at 10 janpath by SONIA AND RAHUL and note by show Sh. Manmohan singh pm. CONGRESS WHO OPPOSE EVERY DECISION OF MODI GOVT. SHOULD EXPLAIN WHETHER EMERGENCY WAS IMPOSED WITH THE CONSENT OF OPPOSITION AND WEATHER WHEN CONGRESS KILLED INNOCENT SIKHS IN 1984 WITH THE CONSENT OF OPPOSITION . THEY MUST DIGEST THAT PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN MANDATE TO MODI who is not take orders from 10 JANPATH FOR DECISIONS . ?
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                  Sunil Kumar KR
                  Dec 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm
                  Are you telling that a corrupt officer can be appointed as CBI Director? Now, regarding Ranjit Sinha, what was the case against him before appointment? Did Congress pla any dirty politics to appointed him as CBI Director? Did they transferred any senior officer to pave way to Mr Sinha? Now did the opposition leader at that time said anything against his appointment? Do not comment without knowing the facts and understanding the news.
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                    Sunil Kumar KR
                    Dec 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm
                    So you say that NDA can do anything because of the above actions by UPA? You are really a 'nationalist'; shame on you.
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