SC to hear next week a plea challenging interim CBI chief M Nageswara Rao’s appointment

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear next week a plea filed by NGO common cause challenging the January 10 order of the government appointing M Nageswara Rao as interim director of the CBI.

The NGO had approached the top court through senior advocate Prashant Bhushan who appealed to the bench to hear the plea this Friday.

Though the matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, he said the plea would be heard next week as it was not possible to hear the matter on Friday.

M Nageswara Rao was made to continue as interim director hours after the removal of Alok Verma from the post of CBI Director.

A 2-1 decision by a high-powered selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with its other two members being Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Justice A.K. Sikri on January 10 decided to ease out Alok Verma from the post of CBI Director.