Current BSF, NIA, CISF and RAW chiefs could be in the fray to take up the top job at India’s premier investigative agency
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has started compiling a list of officers at the director general level eligible for selection as the next chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) — an exercise that it takes up every two years, according to a report by The Hindustan Times.
The development comes at a time when the Supreme Court (SC) is hearing CBI director Alok Verma’s case challenging the Centre’s decision to divest him of his powers. Verma is slated to retire on January 31, 2019.
A committee that includes the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India (CJI) picks one candidate from the exhaustive list.
A home ministry official told the paper that the exercise was a routine one and had nothing to do with the ongoing case.
Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Union Home Ministry Rina Mitra, Border Security Force (BSF) chief Rajnikant Mishra, National Investigation Agency (NIA) chief YC Modi, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) chief SS Deswal, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) chief Rajesh Ranjan, National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science Director Javeed Ahmad, and Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) Special Secretary Vivek Johri could be in the fray to take up the top job at India’s premier investigative agency.
In October, the Centre had divested Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana of their powers over a tussle between the two. Asthana had questioned Verma’s integrity in a letter sent to the Cabinet Secretary in August.CBI had filed a complaint against Asthana on October 15, alleging corruption. This was challenged by Verma in the apex court.