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Amendment Bill on CBI Chief Appointment passed in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Nov 26: The Lok Sabha cleared a bill to amend the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 2014 wherein the CBI director will be selected by a panel comprising the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha or the leader of the single largest party in the House and Chief Justice of Indian or any Supreme Court Judge.

The Bill was passed by a voice vote on Wednesday. Earlier, there was no provision of the leader of the single largest party in the committee to appoint the chief of the CBI. The Bill also makes a provision that no appointment will be invalid merely because of a vacancy or an absence of a member of the panel. The

The committee will be called upon to make a selection soon as the current CBI Director Ranjit Sinha's term ends on December 2. The bill will be introduced in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.

A change was required in the Bill there is no leader of opposition in the current Lok Sabha. Congress, which is the single largest opposition party, won only 44 seats in the recent general elections. It does not qualify to get the Leader of Opposition post (According to rule, a party with 10% of House strength can get leader of opposition post. in Lok Sabha a party needs 55 MPs for such post). Therefore, the part did not qualify to have a member in the panel for the selection of CBI chief.

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