Jethmalani angers BJP by praising PM's move to appoint Ranjit Sinha as CBI chief

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 14:00 hrs

Veteran lawyer and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Ram Jethmalani on Saturday criticised his party stand in opposing the UPA-II Government's decision to appoint Ranjit Sinha as next CBI Director, and suggested that the BJP to avoid controversies.

Jethmalani said: "I was astonished to read that the BJP has attacked the Prime Minister and the Congress Party for what the party calls the hurried appointment of Ranjit Sinha as the Director of the CBI."

"I regret that this criticism is a result of complete ignorance of relevant facts. The rival has powerful friends everywhere who do not know what a disaster it would have been if he could manage to become Director of CBI in place of Mr. Sinha," added Jethmalani.

According to Jethmalani, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar had approached the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) against the government's decision not to consider his name for the post of CBI Director but withdrew his application after the appointment of Sinha.

Jethmalani said that he had written a letter to BJP president Nitin Gadkari, saying that the party is wrong in questioning the appointment of the CBI director.

Leaders of the opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley respectively had written letters to the Prime Minister, saying that appointment of the new CBI Director should not have been done when the Rajya Sabha Select Committee had recommended that such appointments would be done only through a collegiate.

However, the Prime Minister had rejected the BJP's demand for a stay on the appointment and termed it as 'unwarranted' insinuation from the opposition.

Ranjit Sinha, a 1974 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, has been appointed as the next CBI chief. He is presently the Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force. (ANI)

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