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Modi Govt Attempting to Stifle Independence of CBI: Nageswara Rao’s Appointment as Interim Director Challenged in SC

The petition has been filed by the Prashant Bhushan's NGO Common Cause and RTI activist Anjali Bhardwaj.

New Delhi: The appointment of M Nageswara Rao as the interim CBI Director was challenged in the Supreme Court on Monday. The petition filed by NGO Common Cause has sought a direction to quash the January 10 order by the Centre appointing Rao as the interim/acting Director of the CBI.

The PIL filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan has sought a direction to the Centre to appoint a regular Director of CBI forthwith by following the procedure laid down in Section 4A of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, as amended by the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

RTI activist Anjali Bhardwaj is the co-petitioner in the PIL. Bhardwaj had earlier filed RTI applications seeking information on the appointment process but her requests were denied by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

“The Government of India has attempted to stifle the independence of the institution of the CBI by appointing the Director of the CBI in an arbitrary and illegal manner. Further, the lack of transparency in the process of appointment prevents any meaningful public scrutiny and allows the government to exercise undue influence in the process especially at the stage of short-listing of candidates, thereby undermining the institution of the CBI,” the petition states, reported LiveLaw.

(With PTI inputs)

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