CJI reminds PM of 6-months rule in selection of CBI chief
New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Justice NV Ramana has shown his commitment to law and the decisions made by the Supreme Court. When the meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was going on to select the CBI chief, Justice Ramana reminded the committee members that the decision given by the SC that persons who have less than six months of service left before retirement should not be considered for the position of CBI chief. He insisted that this rule has to be followed. The third member in the committee, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury agreed with the justice making it a majority decision. The meeting was held on Monday evening for about 90 minutes. The Committee to select the chief of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had finally zeroed on Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, former DGP, Maharashtra, KR Chandra, Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and VSK Kaumudi, Home Ministry’s Special Secretary. Among the three, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal would be the forerunner because of his seniority.
Since Justice Ramana emphasized on following the six-months rule, a couple of officers who were on the verge of retirement but known to be in good books of the Union government could not be considered for the coveted post.