3 names shortlisted for CBI chief's post at PM-led panel meet, Congress protests
New Delhi/IBNS: A meeting to select the new Central Bureau of India (CBI) chief was held at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's house on Monday evening with Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Leader of the Opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in attendance.
The panel came up with three candidates being shortlisted for the top post of the central probe agency.
However, Chowdhury reportedly raised objections over the selection process and said the department of personnel and training had followed a "casual approach" in choosing the names of the candidates for the post.
"The way the procedure was followed, it was in conflict of the mandate of the committee. On May 11, I was given 109 names... and today by 1 pm, 10 names were shortlisted while by 4 pm, six names were shortlisted. This casual approach of the department of personnel and training is highly objectionable," the Congress leader told media.
The committee headed by PM Modi is considering Indian Police Service (IPS) officers from four senior-most batches (1984-87) to be the next CBI chief.
According to reports, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police and a 1985-batch IPS officer HC Awasthi, Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) KR Chandra and Special Secretary (Internal Security) at home affairs ministry VSK Kaumudi were shortlisted for the post in the meeting.
The meeting of the top panel, which lasted for more than 90 minutes, finally took place after being delayed for nearly four months.