After a long wait, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is all set to get a full time director on Saturday (February 2). The high powered select committee deliberated over the matter for around two hours. Sources said three names have been sent to the Appointments Cabinet Committee. It appears that a final name would only emerge on Saturday.
Speaking outside his home, Leader of Opposition in lok sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said, “I cannot discuss what transpired in the meeting. It is confidential. I will speak tomorrow around 1 pm.
The post of the CBI chief has been lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Alok Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges.
Both Verma and Asthana had accused each other of corruption.
Alok Verma was ousted by the selection panel. In protest, Alok Verma resigned from the Indian Police Service. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs has rejected his resignation effectively asking him to rejoin work. Verma was to retire on January 31 after 39 years of service.
Alok Verma has been asked to rejoin work as the director general of fire services, civil defence and home guards — a post Alok Verma was transferred to after being removed from the post of CBI director.
Verma did not accept the offer and wrote to the government, saying he should be considered as deemed superannuated as he has completed 60 years age of superannuation on July 31, 2017.
Alok Verma was transferred out of the CBI investigation after a long-lasting controversy that even involved the Supreme Court.
Last year, the CBI hit headlines not for solving an incredible crime but for an intra-agency feud that involved its top two officers — director Alok Verma and his No. 2- special director Rakesh Asthana.
The Alok Verma-led CBI booked Rakesh Asthana in a case of corruption. Rakesh Asthana in turn wrote to the government, accusing CBI chief Alok Verma of taking bribes.
The Alok Verma-Rakesh Asthana feud, labelled CBI vs CBI by the media, forced the government to step in.