CBI chief Ranjit Sinha caught snoozing during PM Modi's speech

  • AFP, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 01, 2014 01:43 IST

Top police were left red faced on Sunday after Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief was caught on national television nodding off during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on the need for smart policing.

The top brass of the country's police forces gathered in Guwahati for a major conference on national security issues.

During Modi's address advocating the need for alert and accountable and reliable and responsive police, footage showed CBI director Ranjit Sinha nodding off several times.

"By 'SMART' policing, I mean S for strict but sensitive, M for modern and mobile, A for alert and accountable, R for reliable and responsive and T for techno-savvy and trained," Modi told the officers.

Sinha was also filmed by television cameras catching some shut eye during the home minister's speech on militant threats on Saturday.

A CBI spokesperson did not comment on the footage, but added that Sinha had no health problems that would have caused him to drop off. Sinha, who is just days from retirement, has been at the centre of a controversy over his agency's probe into the sale of 2G telecom licences to businesses at throwaway prices.

The Supreme Court ordered him off the case earlier this month over allegations that he privately met with several people allegedly connected to the scam, while the CBI investigation was ongoing.

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