Govt seen dragging its feet on holding meeting for CBI director appointment

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The government is seen dragging its feet on holding the meeting for the appointment of CBI director, which is done by way of three-way consultation between the PM, the leader of the opposition, and the CJI. It is said to be waiting for the retirement of Chief Justice of India T S Thakur who relinquishes office on January 3. This interpretation stems from the fact that nearly a week ago, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge conveyed to the government some dates that are convenient for him to attend a meeting of the Prime Minister-headed panel to select the next CBI chief. But Kharge is yet to hear from the government on the meeting. Kharge had last week written to PM Narendra Modi objecting to the manner in which IPS officer Rakesh Asthana had been given additional charge as CBI Director. The government responded the very next day, allaying his apprehensions and asking him to convey a convenient date after December 16 for convening the meeting to select a new CBI director. Since the Chief Justice of India is the third member of the panel with whom the government has had a strained relationship, it is speculated that the government might not have agreed to Kharge’s proposed dates it is perhaps waiting for Singh’s departure.
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