Congress, BJP lock horns over appointment of former CBI Director as Governor

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 11, 2013 08:30 hrs

Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy on Monday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for pointing fingers at the Congress-led UPA Government over the appointment of former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ashwani Kumar as the Governor of Nagaland.

"He retired from service two years back. Now, he has been appointed as a Governor because there is no bar under any law for appointing a retired officer as a Governor because the politicians who are not in active politics they are also appointed, former officers are appointed, forcer chief secretaries were appointed, former police officers were appointed," Narayanasamy told media outside the Parliament here.

"Therefore, CBI Director is one person who retired from service two years back. He has no vested interest, he has been appointed in service," he added.

Narayanasamy alleged that the BJP appointed several people, who were in police service, during their tenure at the Centre as Governors.

"Therefore, the BJP will forget the past and they will talk about the Congress only. First of all, let them see their track record, how many people they appointed during their regime as Governors even from the police service and also from the officers level," he said.

Narayanasamy further said the government has appointed a committee that gives recommendations on the appointment of Governors.

"It is not our job because the appointment of the Governor is the job of the Home Ministry. And ultimately on the recommendations, the honourable President clears it," he added.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh said appointing former CBI Director to the post of Governor is highly improper.

"It must not be done because the CBI is an investigative agency. In fact, the premier investigative agency. It must not become a handmaiden of the ruling establishment," he added.

Another senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi echoing similar sentiments on the issue said a Director of the CBI or the CVC must not be given any government assignment after retirement.

"If you just have a look on the successive appointments of various CBI Directors to the post of Governors and to different assignments. It proves that the CBI has been used and what you call quid-pro-quo is in the form of a assignment. The person may be qualified or may not be qualified, but he has been given an assignment. A police officer being appointed into say NHRC or in some other commission where he just goes and accepts his salary and comes back," said Joshi.

"So, all these things are taking place. As a matter of fact, there should be a general rule that only the CVC and CBI Directors and all that, all such posts whether they are the Secretaries to the Government of India, Director of the CBI or the CVC they must not be given any government assignment after retirement," he added.

President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday appointed former CBI Director Ashwani Kumar as the Governor of Nagaland.

Kumar, who led the CBI from August 2008 to November 2010, is the first head of the premier investigating agency to be appointed as Governor. (ANI)

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