Former CBI director Alok Verma
Former CBI director Alok Verma

Panel fails to decide on a name for CBI chief

  • Leader of the opposition (Lok Sabha) Mallikarjun Kharge has dissented on most of the 82 candidates for the post
  • The panel, comprising Modi, Kharge and Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, to decide on the CBI chief from the list of probables

NEW DELHI : The selection panel, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, failed to reach a consensus on the appointment of a new director for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at a meeting held on Thursday.

No frontrunner has emerged for the post from the 82 candidates considered by the panel, said one person familiar with the development, requesting anonymity.

Member of the panel and leader of the opposition (Lok Sabha) Mallikarjun Kharge has “tacitly dissented" on most names, asking for more information on the concerned officers, the person cited above said.

The panel, comprising Modi, Kharge and Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, will decide on the chief from the list of probables, another official familiar with the development said, also requesting anonymity. Given the lack of consensus, the panel is likely to meet again on Friday.

“You need a leader from the outside and not within the organization, who will bring in a certain degree of order that is much needed in the agency now. You need a completely fresh face and not someone who proves to be an obvious choice. At any cost, the agency needs to avoid another situation like it faced recently," said a senior IPS officer, familiar with the development.

The agency was thrown into turmoil when former chief Alok Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana sparred publicly in July. Following a bitter tussle between the two, the centre sent both on forced leave in October, following which Verma was removed from the post by the selection panel on 10 January. 

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