The Supreme Court today (February 19, 2019) refused to interfere with the appointment of M. Nageswara Rao as Interim Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). October 23, 2018, was quashed by the Supreme Court in a judgment on January 8, 2019. Yet on January 10, 2019, the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet approved the appointment of Mr. Rao “as per the earlier arrangement”. The petitioners had prayed for quashing the appointment of Nageshwar Rao as Interim Director and to make the process of appointment to this post more transparent. Earlier on January 21, 2019, Chief Justice of IndiaRanjan Gogoi recused himself from hearing the case pointing out that he will be participating in the meeting of the Selection Committee set up to appoint the Director of CBI. Thereafter, JusticeA.K. Sikri and JusticeN.V. Ramana also recused themselves from hearing the case on account of different reasons. Hence, the case was eventually listed before the Bench presided by Justice Mishra.