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21/01/2019 11:52 AM IST

CJI Gogoi Recuses Himself From Hearing Plea Challenging Interim CBI Chief's Appointment

Gogoi said he cannot hear the plea because he would be part of the committee meeting to select the next CBI director.

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A file image of CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday recused himself from hearing plea challenging appointment of M Nageshwar Rao as interim CBI director.

Gogoi said that he cannot hear the plea because he would be part of the committee meeting to select the next CBI director. The meeting is expected to take place on 24 January. 

Rao was appointed the interim chief of the investigating agency after a selection panel-led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed Alok Verma as the director. 

Rao’s appointment was challenged by NGO Common Cause. The petition states that the appointment of Rao was “not made on the basis of recommendations of the high-powered selection committee”, reported The Indian Express.