Days after removing Alok Verma as the CBI Director over charges of corruption, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led high-powered panel will meet on Thursday to discuss probable names for the top post in country’s premier investigative agency.
The Selection Committee comprising Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and leader of single largest party in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge will meet on January 24, IANS reported quoting sources.
The meeting comes after the Verma was removed from the post after a 2-1 decision by the high-level Selection Committee last Thursday on the basis of a CVC report citing corruption and other charges.
Kharge had written on January 15 a strong letter to Modi attacking the appointment of M. Nageshwara Rao as interim Chief as illegal and sought an immediate meeting of the Selection Committee.
While ousting Verma from the post on January 10, the government shifted him as as Director General Fire Service, Homeguard and Civil Services but he refused to take up the new post and quit.
There has been a controversy ever since with Justice A.K.Sikri, the representative of CJI, who had sided with the government in the Jan 10 meeting, refusing to accept his nomination for a London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT) after it triggered a row.