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Sanjay Kothari tipped to be CVC; Bimal Julka is CIC

THE ASIAN AGE. | ANIMESH SINGH
Published : Feb 19, 2020, 7:26 am IST
Updated : Feb 19, 2020, 7:26 am IST

The post of CVC had been lying vacant since June 9, 2019, after K.V. Chowdary had left on completion of his tenure.

Retired IAS officer Sanjay Kothari
 Retired IAS officer Sanjay Kothari

New Delhi: Retired IAS officer Sanjay Kothari has been appointed as the new chief vigilance commissioner (CVC), while former information and broadcasting secretary Bimal Julka will be the new chief information commissioner (CIC).

The selection panel led by the Prime Minister, which had met on Tuesday evening (as exclusively reported by The Asian Age), finalised the names of the two former bureaucrats, sources privy to development informed this newspaper.

Apart from Mr Narendra Modi, the panel comprised home minister Amit Shah and leader of the single largest Opposition party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Choudhury.

Mr Kothari, a 1978-batch retired IAS officer of Haryana cadre, is currently secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind. Incidentally, he had been given an extension of three years last year after his initial two years tenure as secretary to the President had expired in 2019.

Mr Bimal Julka, a former IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, who is currently serving in CIC as one of the information commissioners, has been elevated as the chief information commissioner in the information body. The two newly-appointed officials are likely to have a fixed tenure, however the details of their appointment are not available.

The Asian Age had reported on February 18, that both CVC as well as CIC have been lying headless since the past eight and one months respectively, and therefore to fill up these posts, the selection panel led by the prime minister was scheduled to meet on Tuesday. The search panel had shortlisted around 100-odd candidates, and Tuesday’s meeting was supposed to be the first among many to scrutinise and finalise the chiefs of two bodies.

However it comes as a surprise that the names had been shortlisted in the first meeting of the selection panel itself.

The post of CVC had been lying vacant since June 9, 2019, after K.V. Chowdary had left on completion of his tenure.

Since then, vigilance commissioner Sharad Kumar has been functioning as interim CVC. The deadlines for sending applications for the post of CVC had been extended thrice between May and June 2019. Sudhir Bhargava had superannuated on January 11, 2020 as the CIC.

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