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CJI citing SC order eliminated two choices for CBI Director: Report

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The two front runners for the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) were dropped after Chief Justice of India NV Ramana cited a Supreme Court guideline on the appointment of police chiefs.

CJI citing SC order eliminated two choices for CBI Director: Report
The two front runners for the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) were dropped after Chief Justice of India NV Ramana cited a Supreme Court guideline on the appointment of police chiefs.
CJI Ramana pointed out the top court’s guidelines in the Prakash Singh case of March 2019, which made it clear that no officer with less than six months to retirement, should be appointed as police chief, said sources.
According to a News 18 report, this excluded NIA DG Modi and BSF DG Rakesh Asthana, both of whom are due for retirement. Ultimately, CISF DG Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, SSB DG R Chandra and Special Secretary (internal security) VSK Kaumudi made the cut as senior-most officers with more than six months of tenure.
The CJI made the observations in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was also present in the meeting.
At present, the CBI's additional director, Praveen Sinha, a 1988-batch IPS officer, is holding the charge of the Director. Sinha was given the additional charge after the retirement of Rishi Kumar Shukla in February after a two-year tenure.
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