CJI recuses himself from hearing plea challenging interim CBI chief’s appointment

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Monday recused himself from hearing a plea challenging appointment of M. Nageswara Rao as the interim CBI director.

The CJI said he would be part of the selection committee meeting to choose the new CBI director.

The high-powered selection committee comprises the prime minister, the leader of the largest opposition party and the CJI or his nominee judge of the apex court.

A bench comprising CJI and Justice Sanjiv Khanna was hearing a PIL filed by NGO Common Cause challenging the appointment of Nageswara Rao as interim CBI director.