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SC bars TN officer from performing CBI duties

Agencies  New Delhi, May 09, 2014
First Published: 12:26 IST(9/5/2014) | Last Updated: 23:28 IST(9/5/2014)

The Supreme Court on Friday restrained senior Indian Police Service officer Archana Ramasundaram from discharging her duty as the first woman additional director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), reports said.

The apex court further asked the Centre to place on records all documents relating to Ramasundaram's controversial appointment as the CBI additional director.

According to reports, the SC said the only question they were concerned with whether her appointment was done in accordance with the law.

Hours after she took charge as the first woman additional director of the CBI in New Delhi, Ramasundaram was suspended by the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday, allegedly for failing to obtain official consent.

Read: CBI gets first woman director, TN govt suspends her

Issuing the order, chief secretary Mohan Verghese Chukanth said disciplinary action was being contemplated against the officer.

“During the period this order remains in force, the headquarters of Archana Ramasundaram, IPS, will be Chennai,” the order stated.

The state had not yet allowed her request to be relieved from her current posting as the chairperson of the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services’ Recruitment Board. Her request has been pending for nearly three months.

But Ramasundaram did not wait for the state’s clearance and took charge as the CBI additional director.

She signed a charge transfer certificate and sent it to her second-in-command in the recruitment board, where she was posted since 2012, sources said.

The IPS officer chose to join the CBI quickly because a PIL challenging her appointment was to come up for hearing on Friday.

The petition, filed by Vineet Narain, questioned her appointment over the candidature of RK Pachanda, recommended by the selection committee.

Ramasundaram was appointed to the CBI post on February 6.

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