Justice AK Sikri recuses from plea challenging Nageshwara Rao’s appointment

AK Sikri
Supreme Court Justice AK Sikri

New Delhi, Jan 24: Justice AK Sikri on Thursday withdrew himself from hearing a plea by filed by NGO Common Cause challenging M Nageshwara Rao’s appointment as interim CBI Director.

Justice Sikri recused from the proceedings on NGO Common Cause plea, citing “predicament” and “personal reasons”.

A bench headed by Justice Sikri listed the matter for Friday (January 25) before a different bench.

Earlier, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday recused himself from hearing the petition as he is a member of the Selection Committee to choose a new CBI Director.

The NGO moved the Apex Court against the appointment of Rao on January 14.

In a writ petition, the NGO represented by senior counsel Prashant Bhushan, said that “The appointment of Nageshwara Rao as interim CBI Director was apparently not made on the basis of recommendations of the high powered selection committee. The order dated January 10, 2019 states that the appointment committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Nageshwara Rao ‘as per the earlier arrangements’.

“However, this earlier arrangement i.e. order dated October 23, 2018 making Rao the interim Director, had been quashed by this court vide order dated January 8, 2019 as it was made in violation of the procedure for appointment of CBI Director as defined in the DPSE Act,” it added.

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