BJP dismisses Jethmalani's defence of govt. on Ranjit Sinha's appointment as CBI chief
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain has said that the party has distanced itself from the remarks of its lawmaker Ram Jethmalani praising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his action to appoint Ranjit Sinha as the next director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and his criticism towards the party.
"The Bharatiya Janata Party dismisses his (Ram Jethmalani) remarks and also condemn them. We would also like to say that his remarks are baseless, without facts and would help the Congress party," said Hussain.
The appointment of Ranjit Sinha, a 1974 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer as the successor to Amar Pratap Singh, who will retire on November 30, has come under fire from the BJP, which has alleged that the decision was taken in a hurry.
BJP leaders, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, had written letters to the prime minister, saying that the appointment of the new CBI director should not have been done when the Select Committee of the parliament's lower house had recommended that such appointments should be done through a collegium.
The prime minister had rejected the BJP's demand to hold in abeyance the appointment of Sinha as CBI director and stated that the decision was to pre-empt the procedure recommended by the Select Committee on Lokpal (ombudsman bill).
Jethmalani has also written a letter to the BJP party chief Nitin Gadkari over the matter and had strongly asked him to reconsider the party's stand on the issue.
The select committee of parliament on the anti-graft Ombudsman (Lokpal) Bill has suggested that appointments such as the CBI chief should be done through a collegium method.
The Congress party contended that legislation was a lengthy process, and with the current CBI chief's tenure coming to an end in less than a week, it was imperative that an appointment be made.
"It is an absolutely proposition for the BJP at all, in any manner to suggest that appointments to a post like the CBI, firstly should be made on the basis of rules and regulations, which are not in place yet on anticipated, potential, projected, uncertain rules. Secondly the present, existing rules and regulations the BJP admits are not being violated and thirdly that the post of CBI director should be kept vacant because the BJP self servingly says so and it should await till the uncertain future, the Lokpal bill, in what form we do not know, after what arguments or objections in or outside parliament, we do not know. Till such time that bill is enacted, to know," said Congress spokesperson, Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
This might be an exception but generally the opposition and the government have a deal over such matters. It is possible that an exception like it happened during the appointment of the CVC.