It has come to notice that two 1984-batch officers, YC Modi of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre and Rakesh Asthana of the Gujarat cadre, are out of the running for the position of CBI director. After Chief Justice of India N V Ramana cited a Supreme Court guideline on the selection of police chiefs, the two candidates, who were among the frontrunners for the role, were dropped.
The apex court’s guidelines in the Prakash Singh case of March 2019 made it clear that no officer with less than six months to retirement should be named as police chief, according to CJI Ramana. According to reports, CJI Ramana was adamant on this issue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi backed CJI Ramana’s claims with the help of Leader of the Opposition Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary and said the rule of law would be followed in the selection.
CISF president Subodh Jaiswal, SSB DG KR Chandra, and Special Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) VSK Kaumudi were among the three nominees chosen by the PM-led Selection Committee (the other two members being CJI Ramana and Chaudhary) on Monday. Surprisingly, these were the only locally empanelled officers on the 109-strong list that the committee was provided to choose from than six months to retirement.