CJI pulls out of CBI case hearing

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday recused himself from hearing a petition challenging the appointment of M. Nageswara Rao as interim CBI Director and ordered the plea to be placed before a Bench led by the number two Supreme Court judge, Justice A.K. Sikri, on January 24. Justice Sikri himself was part of the high-power committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which ousted Alok Verma as CBI Director and paved the way for the appointment of Mr. Rao as interim Director. The vote of Justice Sikri, who went in place of Chief Justice Gogoi as the latter’s nominee, had proved to be the decisive one against Mr. Verma. During the court hearing, the Chief Justice explained that it would not be possible for him to hear the case as there is a scheduled meeting of the high-power committee on January 24. This committee would recommend a name for CBI Director from a panel. Chief Justice Gogoi would be attending the meeting as Member. The Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, mandates that the Centre appoint the CBI Director on the recommendation of the committee chaired by the Prime Minister and comprising the Leader of the Opposition, the CJI or his nominee Supreme Court judge.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/cji-pulls-out-of-cbi-case-hearing/article26056104.ece

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