The Modi government on Tuesday night appointed Maharashtra chief executive officer of the 1985 IPS party, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, now the Director-General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), as Director of the CBI for two years.
A government announcement said that the Cabinet Appointment Committee, based on a panel nominated by Section 4A (1) of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, approved the appointment of Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, IPS (Mh-1985) as Director, Central Bureau of Investigation for a period of two years from the effective date. this office.
Mr Jaiswal has a wealth of experience, having previously served as Director-General of Police in Maharashtra before becoming head of the CISF, and has previously worked for the CBI.
The government has taken him from a three-member panel nominated by the Prime Minister-led High Election Executive Committee which includes the Chief Justice of India and the leader of the main opposition party in Lok Sabha. Two other officers nominated by the Special Secretary to the Department of Home Affairs V.S.K. Kaumudi and another IPS officer for Bihar cadre K.R. Chandra.
Earlier on Monday, the election committee convened a 90-minute meeting to discuss the names and finalize the official to be appointed head of the country’s main investigative agency.
During the meeting, it was reported that the Chief Justice insisted that any officer to be considered should leave six months of service, which led to the dismissal of two loyal government officials: NIA chief Y.C. Mody and BSF head Rakesh Asthana – both were running ahead to become the next CBI chief, due to their closeness to political leaders in the state.
Interestingly, this is the first time a six-month administrative law has been applied to the appointment of a CBI chief.
The CJI’s insistence on adherence to the law reportedly shocked the government as the first election for the most powerful administration was either Mr Mody or Mr Asthana.
“It came in a totally unexpected way because never before, a six-month law was passed during the election of the CBI chief,” a senior official told The Hindu.
Also, as insiders relied on The Hindu that although Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not stress any particular word at Monday’s meeting, but the way the administration had prepared the nominees broadcast before the meeting, it was clear who the Government had chosen the agency.
“Naturally, Y.C. Mody and Rakesh Asthana were in the lead, ”said another official.
It may be noted that during the meeting, Lok Sabha Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary presented a letter of protest and questioned the entire electoral process, calling it flawed.