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SC says it cannot pass blanket order on appointment of CBI directors

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it cannot pass a blanket order on the appointment of directors of the Central Bureau of Investigation, PTI reported.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Common Cause, a non-governmental organisation, arguing for the extension of the term of CBI directors until their replacements have not been finalised, instead of appointing interim directors, The Times of India reported.

Common Cause has opposed the appointment of Praveen Sinha as the interim/acting director of the central agency after the retirement of Rishi Kumar Shukla on February 2. It was only in May that Subodh Kumar Jaiswal was appointed the new director of the Central Bureau of Investigation for a two-year tenure.

The Supreme Court bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and BR Gavai pointed out at the beginning of the hearing that since the director had been appointed, the matter had become infructuous, PTI reported.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Common Cause, told the court that he was also asking for a direction to be issued to the Centre to pick the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation at least two months before the post is to fall vacant, the news agency reported.

“The Centre knew that the CBI director was retiring in February,”…

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