New Delhi: Ministry of Corporate Affairs has proposed the name of former Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla as the next Chairman of the anti-trust watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI).

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has sent Chawla's name for ACC (Appointments Committee of Cabinet) approval, a top source in the ministry said.

Chawla retired as Finance Secretary on January 31 and was heading a committee on allocation, pricing and utilisation of natural resources till recently.

The term of incumbent Chairman Dhanendra Kumar ended on June 5.

Other shortlisted candidates included Anurag Goel, a member in the Commission and Vijay Sharma, former secretary in the environment and forests ministry.

They were among the three names shortlisted from a total of 65 persons for the post.

The CCI chairman post is considered coveted as henceforth all high-value merger and acquisition deals will come under the purview of the commission.