Contender for CBI's top job to be quizzed in graft probe

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 24, 2014 08:38 IST

Top contender for CBI's top post and ministry of home affairs' special secretary Prakash Mishra has been booked for his alleged role in a corruption case.

The Odisha vigilance department has asked senior IPS officer Mishra to present himself before its official on December 4 for questioning in Cuttack.

Mishra has been booked for his alleged role in irregularities related to the award of contracts by the Odisha state police housing welfare corporation when he headed it. Mishra has refuted the allegations.

According to a source, the probe would not impact Mishra’s candidature for CBI’s top post, with the incumbent CBI director’s stint getting over on December 2.

The Orissa high court had made it clear in October that the probe should not pose any hurdle in Mishra’s future postings or appointments and that no coercive action will be taken against the officer until the final adjudication in the case.

Mishra had earlier served in the CBI, the NIA and headed the Odisha police before joining the home ministry a few months ago. Mishra’s clout was evident when home minister Rajnath Singh called up Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to ensure his deputation to the Centre.

Apart from Mishra, two other senior IPS officers are front-runners for the agency’s top job.

IPS officers of the 1976-1979 batches are being considered by the government for the selection, but it may also consider a few officers from the 1980 batch.

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