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SC judge recuses from hearing plea on Asthana's appointment

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A Supreme judge today recused himself from hearing a challenging the appointment of cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as a Special Director in the

The matter came up for hearing before a bench of Justices and Navin Sinha when the latter recused himself without citing any reason.

The bench said the matter would be listed before an appropriate bench on November 17.

The plea has been filed by Common Cause, through advocate Prashant Bhushan, alleging that the decision to appoint Asthana was "illegal" and "arbitrary". It claimed that the was probing a matter in which Asthana's name had cropped up.

Demanding quashing of Asthana's appointment, the plea has also sought a direction to the Centre to transfer him out of the agency during the pendency of the investigation.

The has claimed that the and the selection committee had overruled the opinion of the Director in violation of the

It also said that the Special Director was the second highest office in the CBI after the Director and supervised almost all important cases being handled by the agency.

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First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 19:42 IST