M Nageswara Rao’s Appointment Challenged In Supreme Court

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New Delhi: An NGO on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of M Nageswara Rao as the interim chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Rao, a 1986-batch Odisha cadre Indian Police Service officer, took charge as acting chief of CBI on Friday following the removal of Alok Verma from the top post.

The NGO, Common Cause, filed the petition through advocate Prashant Bhushan and sought a direction to cancel the government’s order appointing Rao as the acting director of the agency.

In its petition, Common Cause alleged that the appointment of Rao as interim chief is illegal, arbitrary, mala fide and in violation of the Delhi Police Special Establishment (DPSE) Act.

The petitioner sought issuance of an appropriate writ for the appointment of CBI director pas per the procedure established by law. Besides, appropriate directions to ensure transparency in the process of short-listing, selection and appointment of the CBI director.

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