Amid uproar and Congress walk-out, the government was unable to get a key amendment bill passed in the Lok Sabha aimed at giving government the power to appoint the CBI chief in absence of any of the three members of the panel to select the head of country’s premier investigating agency.
The bill moved by minister for department of personnel and training Jitendra Singh also proposes to amend Delhi Special Police Establishment Act to include leader of the largest party in Lok Sabha as member of the panel if there was no Leader of Opposition in the that house.
Initiating the discussion on the bill, Singh said the change in the law was being made to ensure that the selection of the CBI director is not delayed or remain in suspension just because one of the three members were not present.
“There is nothing deliberate by the government in it,” he said, amid protest by opposition parties including the Congress seeking to know the reason for the hurry in introducing the amendment bill. The Congress, Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party walked out in protest demanding first a discussion on the issue of black money.
Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge demanded that a discussion on black money be taken up first as he accused the ruling BJP of using the issue to “defame” UPA-II dispensation and sought its apology.
Singh rejected the contention and said that the current CBI director was retiring and the successor has to be chosen at the earliest.