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Pachnanda opts out of race for CBI additional director post

PTI  New Delhi, July 13, 2014
First Published: 23:45 IST(13/7/2014) | Last Updated: 23:54 IST(13/7/2014)

The row over the appointment of the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI's) additional director took a new turn on Friday when RK Pachnanda  and approached the Supreme Court saying he accepted the decision to appoint Archana Ramasundaram to the post.

Pachnanda moved the Supreme Court suo moto after the CBI filed a petition in the apex court defending its decision to appoint Ramasundaram.

In his affidavit, Pachnanda has said that he did not wish to question the decision to appoint Ramasundaram or to stake claim to the said position. He has requested impleadment in the case “only to protect his rights and his reputation” since he apprehended that while defending Ramasundaram’s appointment, the government or the CBI may not give a correct picture about his service records.

The CBI, in its 11-page affidavit, had said that its opposition to Pachnanda’s appointment was based on the officer’s previous stint in the agency. CBI director Ranjit Sinha said that the officer was shortlisted for the elite Special Protection Group but was found to be unsuitable “for the job because of adverse reports and was accordingly not selected”.

The affidavits were filed in response to a PIL filed by Vineet Narain who challenged the decision to appoint Ramasundaram as additional director after the CVC panel had refused to remove Pachnada despite opposition from the CBI.

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