New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday rejected the demand by the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to hold in abeyance the appointment of new CBI Director Ranjit Sinha.
In a response to senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, the Prime Minister said the federal investigating agency could not be kept without a head pending the enactment of the long-delayed anti-graft Lokpal Bill and "the question of keeping the new appointment in abeyance does not arise".
The PM also said that "insinuation that the appointment was made to preempt the procedure recommended by the Select Committee is wholly unwarranted and devoid of any merit."
"I also refute the suggestion that the appointments to this post in the past by the UPA Government were motivated by collateral considerations," he said.
The Leaders of Opposition of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitely, had written to the Prime Minister earlier on Friday, asking him to put in abeyance the appointment of new CBI chief.
The BJP leaders had accused the government of trying to trample the recommendations of a Parliamentary panel on the Lokpal bill to select the CBI Director.