IPS Officer Subodh Kumar Jaiswal appointed as the new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director on Tuesday.
A high-powered committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Congress LokSabha floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday make this decision of appointment following a 90-minute long meeting by the panel, in which Congress leader reportedly opposed to the process adopted for the selection.
According to the amended law the CBI Director’s appointment has to be made on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, leader of the single largest Opposition party and the Chief Justice of India (or a Supreme Court judge nominated by CJI).
However, in the meeting of the high-profile selection panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CJI is said to have brought up the Supreme Court’s 2006 verdict in Prakash Singh’s case on Police reforms that specified that officers having less than six months to retire should not be considered for the top police jobs. In consideration of CJI’s view thus the government was forced to drop its supposed favourites and moved on to consider other names after Congress leader in LokSabha Adhir Ranjan Chaudhury lent his support to the CJI’s views.
Thereafter, three other names-former Maharashtra Director General Of Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) KR Chandra and Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) VSK Kaumudi- came up for consideration.
Then, Chaudhary gave a recalcitrant note citing procedural lapses while the majority- PM and CJI – authorised the government to select best of the three for the top job leading to Jaiswal selection for the post.
The 1985 batch officer from Maharashtra cadreis currently posted as director general of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
According to the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC), Jaiswal will take over CBI, the post which has been lying vacant since February first week when Rishi Kumar Shukla completed his tenure. Since then, additional Director Praveen Sinha has been looking after the affairs as interim chief.
Jaiswal will have a fixed tenure of two years in CBI from the day he joins the agency.