A three-member committee, comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India H L Dattu and the Congress party’s head in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, is to meet on Tuesday evening to select a new director for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Several names are doing the rounds on who would succeed Ranjit Sinha, who retires from service the same day. Here’s a brief look at four of these.
One of the four names is K S Balasubramanian, currently the police chief in Kerala. He is from the 1978 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS).
He has served as Superintendent of Police (SP) in several parts of Kerala, beside having served as commissioner of police at Thiruvananthapuram.
Another name is of Prakash Mishra, a 1977-batch IPS from Odisha.
He was appointed special secretary at the internal security department of the ministry of home affairs by the Narendra Modi government in July. He has served as Odisha’s police chief for quite a while. Other postings have included the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and National Disaster Response Force. Earlier this year, his name had been recommended for a special director in the CBI.
Then there is Sharad Kumar, director-general of the NIA since July last year. He is from the 1979-IPS batch of the Haryana cadre and been in the CBI for many years as an SP and DIG. He was also DG (prisons) in Haryana.
Another name doing the rounds is of Anil Sinha, a Bihar-cadre officer, currently special director in CBI and the seniormost after outgoing chief Ranjit Sinha. The 1979-batch officer was earlier additional secretary at the Central Vigilance Commission.
As special director in CBI, he looks after special crimes, economic offences and special task force in the agency.
|BOWING OUT, BUT NOT IN STYLE
Ranjit Sinha’s tenure as director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) started shakily, with the Opposition crying foul at the appointment process. But the agency’s actions have claimed some big scalps, such as then railway minister Pawan Bansal. But things turned ugly for Sinha towards the end of his tenure, with the entry register at his home office being leaked. He was also caught napping during a speech by the PM, to add to the embarrassment. Business Standard looks back at his stormy term in office:
Sources: CBI, news reports, court cases
|“The heart of the (coal block allocation probe status) report was changed on the suggestions of the government officials. It is a caged parrot speaking in its master’s voice…. It’s a sordid saga that there are many masters and one parrot. The job of CBI is not to interact with government officials but to interrogate to find the truth. You must know how to stand up against all pulls and pressures by government and its officials”
– Supreme Court on May 8, 2013
|“The CBI is a political tool used by the previous government to settle political scores. Now the BJP is doing an action replay. They cannot combat the Trinamool politically. They have tried and failed. So what do they do? Let loose a discredited CBI”
– Derek O’ Brien, Trinamool Congress functionary, on Twitter in November 2014