CBI special director Anil Kumar Sinha was appointed CBI director late on Tuesday night, the first agency director to be appointed with bipartisan support. He has been appointed for two years.
The Bihar cadre IPS officer’s appointment came within hours of a meeting of a panel comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and the CJI. The committee had short-listed the names of two 1979 batch police officers, Sinha and National Investigation Agency chief Sharad Kumar, to lead the premier agency.
Modi later picked Sinha’s name and ordered his appointment. PK Mishra, additional principal secretary to the PM, confirmed Sinha’s appointment to HT.
As reported by HT on Tuesday, the government had discovered at the last minute that the high-powered panel did not really have the power to select the next director. Instead, it could only recommend a panel of officers.
This provision complicated the selection process, leading to procedural delays in Sinha’s appointment orders issued late Tuesday.
Government sources said Sinha was the natural choice, given his wide experience in fighting corruption. Other police officers in the running included 1977-batch Prakash Mishra, special secretary at the home ministry, and the police chiefs of Rajasthan and Maharashtra, Omendra Bhardwaj and Sanjeev Dayal, respectively.
Anil Kumar Sinha will succeed Ranjit Sinha, who had a tumultuous tenure of two years at the helm of affairs in CBI. Ranjit Sinha retired on Tuesday in the glare of a recent controversy with Supreme Court directing him to recuse from 2G scam probe a fortnight ago.