PMO asks Mallikarjun Kharge to indicate convenience for meet on CBI chief

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New Delhi | December 08, 2016 11:26 PM

The Prime Minister's Office today asked Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge to spell out his "convenience" after December 16 so that a meeting could be convened of the Selection Committee to choose the new CBI Director.

Jitendra Singh asked Mallikarjun Kharge to indicate his "convenience" after December 16 so that the meeting of the Committee could be scheduled, the sources said. (Reuters)Jitendra Singh asked Mallikarjun Kharge to indicate his “convenience” after December 16 so that the meeting of the Committee could be scheduled, the sources said. (Reuters)

The Prime Minister’s Office today asked Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge to spell out his “convenience” after December 16 so that a meeting could be convened of the Selection Committee to choose the new CBI Director.

Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh, who is also in-charge of Department of Personnel, wrote to Kharge in response to his letter sent yesterday, sources said.

Singh asked Kharge to indicate his “convenience” after December 16 so that the meeting of the Committee could be scheduled, the sources said.

In his letter, Kharge had asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately convene a meeting of the Selection Committee to select the new CBI Director.

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Kharge is a member of the Committee which comprises the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India and the Leader of Opposition or leader of the largest party in opposition in Lok Sabha.

The Congress leader, in his letter, had raised strong concerns over the appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as interim director of CBI and alleged that the process of selection of the new director of the investigation agency has been vitiated.

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