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SC to hear plea agst Asthana's appointment as CBI Special

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today agreed to hear on November 13 a plea challenging the appointment of Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana as a Special Director in the

The matter was mentioned before a bench comprising Justices and S Abdul Nazeer by advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Common Cause, who sought an urgent listing of the plea.

"The matter is about a gentleman's appointment as a Special Director of We are challenging it. Kindly list the matter urgently on Friday or Monday," Bhushan told the bench.

The termed the decision to appoint Asthana as "illegal" and "arbitrary".

The plea has 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 overruled the opinion of the CBI Director in violation of the law.

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: Thu, November 09 2017. 11:22 IST