The government is likely to announce its choice of a new CBI Director in a week. Hours after the Supreme Court ordered Ranjit Sinha to stay away from the probe into the 2G scam cases, official sources said the government hopes to pass an amendment to the Lokpal Bill in the first two days of winter session to clear the decks for naming a new Director.
The sources said the government is also likely to initiate a probe against Sinha once he steps down as CBI chief on December 3. Any chance of an extension for Sinha was ruled out after the Supreme Court passed adverse remarks against him on Thursday.
The government has not made any progress in the selection of the next CBI chief since the post of the Leader of Opposition is vacant.
The government is bringing an amendment to the Lokpal Bill where the collegium that selects the CBI Director will be redefined to include the leader of the single-largest Opposition party as member, instead of the current requirement of Leader of Opposition. Under existing law, the collegium consists of Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Leader of Opposition.
The government plans to move an amendment in Lok Sabha on the opening day of the winter session on November 24 and get it ratified the same day. The next day, the Bill will be moved in Rajya Sabha, the sources said.
“The government is hopeful that it will be able to get the amendment Bill passed in both Houses on the first two days of the winter session, ratified by the President the next day since the matter is of pressing urgency and hold the collegium by November 27 to announce the next Director CBI,” the sources said.