New Delhi, Dec 7, 2016: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea challenging the appointment of Rakesh Asthana as the interim director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
A non-profit organisation (NGO) on Monday filed a PIL, which sought the quashing of Asthana’s appointment saying the Centre took a series of steps in a “completely mala fide, arbitrary and illegal manner to ensure that Asthana was given the charge of CBI director.”
Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat-carde IPS officer of 1984-batch, got elevated as the second-in-command in CBI just two days before Special Director R K Dutta, the front-runner for the top post, was shifted to the Home Ministry as a Special Secretary on November 29.
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.
A collegium comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition or largest party in opposition in Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India, is responsible for appointing the Chief of CBI. However, the collegium has not been able to hold a meeting to hold the meeting.