CBI chief selection: Govt in two minds
The government has received a panel of three IPS officers to select the next Central Bureau of Investigation chief. But there are hints that a section within the government is still pushing for an extension to the CBI Director.
It is being argued that since the Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas' appointment is still under a cloud - he headed the panel that recommended the three IPS officers - it might be better, and safer, to give CBI chief Ashwani Kumar a short extension.
It is this round of second thoughts, sources suggest, that had delayed a decision on the next CBI director. A decision either ways could, however, come by this week since Kumar is due this month-end.
After Raja, who will be new CVC's big fish?
Like his predecessor Pratyush Sinha, the new Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas also wants to go after the big fish. Thomas has inducted performance management -the buzzword in the rest of the government - in vigilance management.
The criteria on which he would like to judge vigilance administration is improving the percentage of cases pursued by the watchdogs against the "higher echelons".
Sinha had come out with flying colours; he is the one who went after the former telecom minister A Raja's controversial 2G spectrum policy that eventually cost Raja his job and raised questions over Thomas' movement into the CVC headquarters, Satarkta Bhavan in Delhi.