Published On: Sat, Feb 2nd, 2019

Mallikarjun Kharge opposes appointment of R K Shukla as CBI Director

New Delhi: Congress leader MallikarjunKharge, who is a part of selection committee headed by Prime Minister NarendraModi, on Saturday expressed his opposition to the appointment of Rishi Kumar Shukla as the CBI Director.

Former MP DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla was today appointed CBI Director in place of Alok Kumar Verma, who was removed from the post on January 10.

He conveyed his objections in a letter to the Prime Minister, contending that Shukla has no experience of having worked in the anti-corruption unit.

Former Madhya Pradesh Police chief Shukla was on Saturday appointed the chief of the CBI for a fixed tenure of two years.

Shukla, a 1983-batch IPS officer, is at present chairman of Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation in Bhopal.

Shukla has been appointed in place of Alok Verma, who was removed from the post of CBI Director on January 10. Shukla was recently transferred from the post of Director General of Madhya Pradesh Police to the police housing corporation.

The appointment comes following two meeting of the selection committee held on January 24 and February 1. Shukla’s name was short-listed during the second meeting of the selection committee held on Friday.

The post of the CBI Director has been lying vacant after the unceremonious exit of Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges.

Both Verma and Asthana had accused each other of corruption.

M Nageswara Rao has been working as the interim CBI chief after Verma’s ouster.

Friday’s meeting was held at the Prime Minister’s residence — that lasted for over an hour — and attended by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Kharge, who is the leader of the largest opposition party in Lok Sabha.

TST

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