The CBI, which is probing many high-profile cases, including the 2G scam and Commonwealth Games corruption, is currently facing acute shortage at top supervisory/investigating positions due to the absence of the mandatory approval from the chief vigilance commissioner (CVC).
Since there is no CVC to vet and approve promotions and fresh inductions in CBI, “23 senior-level posts, including that of a special director and two additional directors, are yet to be filled up through either promotions or inductions. At a time when we are facing big, complicated probes the vacancies could affect our capabilities,” said an agency source.
The post of CVC is lying vacant as the former CVC PJ Thomas quit last month after the Supreme Court had held that his appointment was illegal.
“Promotions to 13 top positions in the CBI are currently awaiting vetting and approval from the CVC,” said the source. These include the post of a special director a post that is only a grade lower than that of the agency’s chief and plays a vital role in lending vital inputs and supervision to crucial probe/s across six zones.
This includes the special crime zone — four joint directors and eight deputy inspector generals. While the JDs supervise probes, DIG leads it through investigating officers.