Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Nageswar Rao Case as Interim CBI Chief Next Week

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According to the petition filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan, the Supreme Court has given its nod to hear the case regarding elevation of Nageswar Rao to acting CBI Director after Alok Verma’s removal from the CBI top post on October 23 last year.

A petition was filed in the apex court on January 14 against Rao’s appointment order passed by the court on January 10. Earlier, Rao held the CBI Additional Director chair and was asked to hold the interim CBI Chief’s post till any further suitable Director’s appointment.

The voting by the high level 3-member selection committee presided by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 10 which led to Alok Verma’s ouster, two days before his reappointment has drawn flak from all quarters against government’s intervention in the agency’s procedures.

It has been alleged that Nageswar Rao’s appointment did not had any reference from the 3-member panel of the selection committee on January 10. The petitioner advocate Prashant Bhushan said, “In fact, it appears that the committee was completely bypassed and had no role in the appointment of Nageswar Rao, thereby rendering the appointment illegal as it is in violation of the procedure for appointment of Director, CBI laid down in the DSPE (Delhi Special Police Establishment) Act.”

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