Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Selection Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday to hold a meeting for the appointment of a new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director. The Selection Committee is set to meet at Prime Minister Modi's official residence at 7, Lok Kalyana Marg in New Delhi.
The meeting will be attended by Chief Justice of India(CJ) Ranjan Gogoi and the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, who are other members of the Selection panel.
As per reports, Mallikarjun Kharge had demanded that the panel meeting be convened at the earliest to appoint a new director of CBI as the agency cannot be run by an interim director, whose appointment he termed as illegal. IPS officer M Nageswara Rao was named as the interim director of the CBI following Verma's removal.
Meanwhile, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has already shortlisted names from among some 10 Director General-level IPS officers for the top post of the CBI.
Among the officers whose name would be discussed at the meeting are J K Sharma and Parminder Rai from the 1982 batch — the senior most but lacking experience in the CBI.
Special Secretary (Internal Security), Home Ministry, Rina Mitra of the 1983-batch is another contender.
Director General, National Investigation Agency, Y C Modi, a 1984-batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, is a favourite in the race to the top post in the CBI.
BSF Director General Rajni Kant Mishra, a 1984-batch officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre is also being considered a frontrunner for the post of the CBI Director
Earlier, the Selection Committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met on January 10 and sacked former CBI director Alok Verma. The meeting went on for two hours earlier on Thursday.
Two members, PM Narendra Modi and Justice Sikri, from the panel were for removing Verma from the panel. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge gave the dissenting note in the panel.
(With agency inputs)