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A day after the Supreme Court made him a party in the case regarding the appointment of Tamil Nadu-cadre IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram to a senior position in the CBI, the agency’s director Ranjit Sinha is set to request the apex court to empower him in having a say in appointments to high posts by amending the Central Vigilance Commission Act.
Confirming this, a highly-placed CBI source told HT, “The CBI director, who has been made a party in the case, will submit to the SC that there is a need to plug a loophole in the CVC act by via an amendment to make the agency’s director a member of the CVC committee empanelling officers for senior posts in the CBI.”
The source said, “Currently, the CBI director is a mere member by invitation in the CVC committee, so his views are not recorded in the minutes and they amount to nothing.”
“The larger issue is that the CBI director must have a say in the empanelment of officers for senior CBI positions, he should not be a mere spectator,” he said.
The CVC committee — comprising of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, the home secretary and the secretary personnel — empanels candidates for a final decision by the PM-led Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
When contacted by HT, Sinha said, “We welcome the SC’s intervention and hope that a key gap in the CVC act is addressed, so that the CBI’s view is taken into account in matters of appointments to high posts.”
The apex court had on Friday restrained Ramasundaram from acting as CBI’s additional director on grounds that her appointment amounted to nullifying statutory provisions.
TN bureaucrats slam Jaya move
Chennai: Govt officials in Tamil Nadu are upset over senior IPS official Archana Ramasundaram’s “harassment” by the J Jayalalithaa government.
“It is sad that an upright and honest officer has become a political football. Just because of two wrongs committed by the Centre and Tamil Nadu government, Archana has to pay a heavy price,” said former IAS official MG Devasahayam on Saturday.
Ramasundaram, whose name was sent for deputation by the state, was chosen by the appointments committee of the Cabinet presided over by the PM, which is in contravention of Supreme Court guidelines. She was suspended by the TN government for deserting her state post. HTC