|Questions on Ashwani Kumar's (right) appointment|
For the record, ML Sharma is a 1972 batch Rajasthan cadre IPS who had handled high profile cases like that of Priyadarshini Mattoo and Uphaar tragedy during his 17 years stay in CBI. Incidentally, Sharma is a batch-mate of another prominent Team Anna member and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi.
Here is how Kejriwal narrated the incident of PM’s invitation of ML Sharma for a cup of tea just one day before he was denied the post. A number of prominent political leaders including Arun Jaitley of BJP, AB Bardhan of CPI, Brinda Karat of CPI (M) were present when Kejriwal spoke during anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare’s one-day-long token fast at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Sunday in support of a strong Lokpal law. Kejriwal said:
“Let me tell you how CBI director is selected. For CBI director, they (government) say there is an independent committee. That comprises Chief Vigilance Commissioner, DoPT secretary and home secretary, and these three men do the selection. Mr Ashwani Kumar became CBI director…let me tell you how he was selected. ML Sharma was a special director in CBI. He is considered to be very honest. He was already selected. After he was selected, he was invited by the Prime Minister for a cup of tea. He was congratulated. PM said, tomorrow you will get the order. Congratulations. In the evening he (Sharma) came back to the office and distributed laddu (sweets). The next day when the order was issued Ashwani Kumar’s name was there (as CBI director). ML Sharma’s name was missing. This is the selection process of the CBI director in our country. If CBI director is selected this way, he can only be used to save the coalition government. He can’t be used to weed out corruption. We want CBI director should not be selected through Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition…. CBI director should be selected by 11-Member Lokpal. CBI’s budget should be under Lokpal.”