CJI Backs Out From Interim CBI Director Nageswar Rao Hearing

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Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday removes himself from the bench earlier slated to hear the M Nageswar Rao’s appointment as interim CBI Director on January 24 after ouster of former CBI Chief Alok Verma.

Ranjan Gogoi has deputed AK Sikri for this case. The case will have its hearing on the same date but with a different bench.

However for the sake of transperancy in appointment of CBI Chief, Gogoi has confirmed about his presence in the high-level selection committee.

NGO Common Cause has challenged Supreme Court’s verdict of Nageswar Rao’s appointment on January 10 as interim CBI Director.

The petitioner has alleged, “Government has attempted to stifle the independence of the institution of the CBI by appointing the Director of the CBI in an arbitrary and illegal manner.”

“The lack of transperancy in the process of appointment prevents any meaningful public scrutiny and allows the government to excise undue influence in the process especially at the stage of short-listing of candidates, thereby undermining the institution of CBI.”

Earlier, former CBI Chief Alok Verma who was removed from CBI on the night of October 23, 2018 was reinstated on January 8 as charges against him was proved unsubstantial.

The PM led 3-member high level committee ousted Verma 2 days after his reinstatement and M Nageswar Rao was appointed by the Supreme Court to be the interim CBI Director.

A case was filed against Rao’s appointment as CBI Chief on January 14.

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