Lok Sabha passes Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014
Lok Sabha has passed the Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014. The Bill was passed by voice vote.
The Bill amends the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 for the changing the provision related to appointment of Director of CBI.
The Bill amends the provision in relation to the Leader of Opposition (LoP) and states that where there is no LoP, the Leader of the single largest Opposition Party in that House would be part of the committee for appointment of Director of CBI.
In the present Lok Sabha there is no LoP in Lok Sabha, since no party have the numbers to get the post. Now Congress is the largest Opposition party.
- Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 constitutes a special investigation police force known as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
- Earlier the Act had provision for a three member committee to make recommendations to the central government for appointment of the Director of CBI.
- This committee comprised of Prime Minister (Chairperson), the Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court judge nominated by him, and the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.
Thus this amendment bill, will pave the way for the appointment of a new CBI Director in December as incumbent CBI Director Ranjit Sinha is to retire on 2nd December 2014.