The formalities for the appointment of a new central vigilance commissioner (CVC) are expected to be concluded before the end of June.
The Supreme Court had struck down the appointment of PJ Thomas as the CVC in March this year for procedural flaws in his appointment and laid down new appointment guidelines that included considering people from outside the bureaucracy.
A senior government functionary told Hindustan Times that in the list being drawn out, some individuals from outside the government also could find a place.
Though a private citizen making it as the chief anti-corruption watchdog may yet be a distant possibility, a non-IAS bureaucrat could make it.
If that happens, he or she would be the first non-IAS CVC.
Sources in the government named three officers as frontrunners for the post — Usha Mathur, an IRAS (Indian Railway Accounts Service) officer of the 1974 batch, who is currently secretary in the ministry of parliamentary affairs, VK Bhasin, an Indian Legal Service officer who is currently secretary, legislative department, in the ministry of law and justice, and Vijaylakshmi K Gupta, an Indian Defence Accounts Service officer who is currently defence finance secretary.
The department of personnel and training is the nodal ministry that pilots the procedure for CVC’s appointment.
The selection of the CVC is made by a panel comprising the prime minister, the home minister and the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha.
The post of CVC is one among the several senior bureaucratic posts which are vacant or falling vacant.
The home and foreign secretaries are about to retire, while the Indian ambassador to the United States is already on extension.