New Delhi:22/1:(odiannews):The January 24 meeting of the high-powered selection committee headed by the Prime Minister to select the next chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is expected to add to the controversy surrounding the federal investigative agency with Congress leaders saying Mallikarjun Kharge will play hardball to ensure that no officer with any link to or relationship with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) makes the cut.Apart from Kharge — in the panel by virtue of being the leader of the single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha — and the PM, the panel also has Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi.
On Monday, the personnel wing of CBI issued an order transferring 20 officials of the rank of the superintendent of police (SP) and additional SP on the orders of interim director M Nageswara Rao, hours after justice Gogoi recused himself from hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the appointment of Nageswara Rao on the grounds that the post of interim director does not exist.
Rao was first made interim director of CBI on October 23 and for a second time on January 10.Gogoi did not hear the PIL, filed by NGO Common Cause, saying he is to participate in a meeting to select a new director. The decision is likely to be made at that meeting on the 24th, people familiar with the matter said. The next date for the hearing of the PIL has also been set for the 24th.