SC to hear PIL against Rakesh Asthana’s appointment as interim Director of CBIThe Supreme Court will today hear a plea challenging the appointment of Rakesh Asthana, a 1984-batch IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre, as caretaker Director of the CBI.
The Supreme Court will today hear a plea challenging the appointment of Rakesh Asthana, a 1984-batch IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre, as caretaker Director of the CBI.
The PIL was filed by Prashant Bhushan on behalf of Common Cause, an NGO, which sought the quashing of Asthana’s appointment saying the Centre took a series of steps in a ‘completely mala fide, arbitrary and illegal manner to ensure that he was given the charge of the agency’.
It claimed that the government did not convene a meeting of the selection committee comprising the Prime Minister, the leader of the largest opposition party and the Chief Justice of India, even though it was fully aware that Anil Sinha was going to demit the office of CBI Director on December 2.
Asthana, a Gujarat-cadre officer of 1984-batch, was elevated as the Additional Director in the agency on December 2 when CBI Special Director RK Dutta, who was reportedly among the frontrunners for the top post, was shifted to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as a Special Secretary.
The PIL claimed that the government had ‘prematurely curtailed’ the tenure of and transferred Dutta, to the MHA on 30 November, just two days before Sinha was slated to demit office.