New Delhi: The Personnel Ministry has refused to share details on the appointment of the CBI chief citing confidentiality clause under the Right to Information Act.
Replying to an RTI appeal, it said the appointment of CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma was done through the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which is exempted from the ambit of the transparency law.
Verma, a former Delhi Police Commissioner, was on January 19, named as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He is a 1979 batch IPS officer of (AGMUT) union territories cadre.
His name was cleared by a three-member selection panel, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, comprising Chief Justice of India and Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge as members.
Kharge had reportedly recorded his dissent note on Verma's name, during the meeting of the selection committee held on January 16, on the ground that the officer had never served in the CBI.
The Ministry of Personnel, nodal agency for the CBI, was asked to provide details on the appointment including the file notings "from proposal to fill the vacancy to issuance of order of appointment of Mr Verma".
It has been observed that note portion contains the information about vigilance status of officers which has been supplied by a third party--Ministry of Home Affairs--and has been treated as confidential by them, the Personnel Ministry said replying to the appeal.