‘Khul ja sim sim’: Randeep Surjewala takes a dig at BJP over CVC, CIC appointments, calls process arbitrary

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Published: February 19, 2020 2:34 PM

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala charged that appointments of CVC and CIC are being made arbitrarily on the lines of "khul ja sim sim" (open sesame).

"Arbitrariness in top judicial institutions is fatal for democracy," he said. (File image)“Arbitrariness in top judicial institutions is fatal for democracy,” he said. (File image)

The Congress on Wednesday attacked the government over the appointment of CVC and CIC and alleged there is no place for transparency, accountability and constitutional processes in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘New India, which was fatal for democracy.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala charged that appointments of CVC and CIC are being made arbitrarily on the lines of “khul ja sim sim” (open sesame).

“Arbitrariness in top judicial institutions is fatal for democracy,” he said.

“The appointments of CVC and CIC are being made on the lines of ‘open sesame’. Bring out names from the pocket and make appointments, that’s it. There is no place left for transparency, accountability, constitutional processes and compliance of law in Modi ji’s ‘New India’,” he charged on Twitter.

Sanjay Kothari, the Secretary to the President, has been selected as the new Chief Vigilance Commissioner by a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Modi.

The committee has also chosen by a majority decision, former Information and Broadcasting Secretary Bimal Julka, currently serving as an Information Commissioner, as the new Chief Information Commissioner in the Central Information Commission.

Both Kothari and Julka are retired Indian Administrative Service officers.

While Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury opposed the decisions, it was supported by other members in the panel — Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Minister of State for PMO and Personnel Jitendra Singh, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Secretary Personnel C Chandramouli, sources said.

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