The Common Cause Society has demanded the appointment of a regular director of the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), as per Section 4A of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, from the Supreme Court. The PIL also opposes Praveen Sinha’s appointment as interim CBI director after Rishi Kumar Shukla’s term ended on February 2 this year. The petition states that Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India requires the appointment of a full-time director as per statutory law to maintain the rule of law and enforce the rights of citizens.
It also referred to the case of Prakash Singh v. Union of India, (2019) 4 SCC 13, against the appointment of the acting Director General of Police, and argued that in states such as DGPs are the heads of the police force and likewise the CBI Director is the head. Head the Central Investigation Agency. Thus, in the case of the CBI Director, the aforesaid guidelines should be effectively implemented so that the Center does not envisage the idea of appointing any person as Director / CBI on a caretaker / interim basis.