New Delhi, Dec 17, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur and Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge is set to meet on December 26 to discuss the appointment of the next chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
It is determined that there could be more than one meeting before the three take a call on who should head the probe agency.
Names for three other key appointments are Chief of the Army Staff, Director of the Research & Analysis Wing, Director of the Intelligence Bureau — are also under consideration of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
However, the selection of the Army chief is likely to be announced before the other appointments. The most senior officer after General Dalbir Singh, who retires this month-end, is Eastern Army Commander Lt General Praveen Bakshi. But the name of Lt General Bipin Rawat, who took over as Vice Chief of the Army Staff on September 1, is also doing the rounds as a possible successor.
As incumbent Anil Sinha tenure ended, Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana has been assigned as an additional charge for the post of Director, CBI.
Although the move does not set a new precedent, but, this the first time in 10 years no new CBI chief has been named to succeed the outgoing director.
Last week, Kharge requested the government for the resumes of officers eligible for the post. Sources in the Opposition Congress said the party preference would have been R K Dutta, who was once in charge of the investigation into cases relating to the allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrum, but he was transferred last month to the Ministry of Home Affairs.