New Delhi, Mar 12 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Central government, seeking its response in the petition, which sought the immediate appointment of a regular Director for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in accordance with the law.
A Divisional Bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat issued the notice on a petition filed by NGO Common Cause, stating that a proper appointment as per the statutory law is necessary for upholding the rule of law and for enforcement of the rights of citizens under Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution.
The petition has come after the recent appointment of Praveen Sinha as the interim Director of CBI on February 3.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, questioned the appointment of the Interim Director, stating that there was no such provision for the appointment of an Interim Director.
The petitioner sought a general direction to the Union of India, to make sure that it initiates and completes the process of selection of the CBI Director well in advance, at least 1-2 months before the date on which the vacancy in the post of CBI Director was about to occur in future.
However, on Mr Bhushan’s contention seeking direction of convening a selection panel, the bench refused to pass any order and slated the matter for hearing after two weeks. ILNS/SNG/JR