Lok Sabha passes a bill to amend appointment of CBI chief

After facing severe protest from the opposition, finally the Lok Sabha passed a bill to change the law on the appointment of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) chief.

Several allegations were made by the Congress and other opposition parties that the section related to the gathering of the selection committee was proposed to keep the largest opposition party out of the selection process.

Jitendra Singh, Minister of state for personnel who had moved the bill earlier had now denied the charge and said that the amendment was just made to smoothen the selection process of the CBI director and that there were no subterranean motives.

The bill is named Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014, which provides for inclusion of leader of the largest opposition party in the committee of three members that select the director of CBI.

According to the bill, the other two member of the committee would be the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India.

In the clause, the opposition members said, “No appointment of a (CBI) director shall be invalid merely by reason of any vacancy or absence of a member in the committee.”

The leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, said “The clause has been brought exclusively to keep out the single largest Opposition party,” while describing that the move was a double edged sword and it it poses a big danger.

Kharje earlier pleaded strongly to the government to take back the measure even at this stage and bring a more comprehended amendment.

Although, the bill was passed by a voice note, but it was not presented before the house for division of votes as call got rejected. The consideration as well as the amendment was moved by a BJD member Tathagat Satpathy.

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