With Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha’s tenure coming to an end on December 2, lobbying for the agency’s top job has already begun.
While Prakash Mishra, special secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, has gone on record about his aspiration for the coveted post, many others have also jumped into the ring.
Mishra has the strong backing of some influential bureaucrats in New Delhi. His clout was evident when home minister Rajnath Singh called up Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik to ensure his deputation to the Centre.
Prakash Mishra had earlier served in the CBI, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and headed the Odisha police before joining the home ministry a few months ago.
On Thursday, Mishra was booked by the Odisha vigilance department for his role in alleged irregularities related to the award of contracts by the Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation when he headed it. “It is not clear yet how much the vigilance probe will impact on his chances,” a CBI source said.
CBI’s special director Anil Sinha, who is known to be in the good books of the incumbent director, is said to be another strong contender. An IPS officer of the 1979 batch of Bihar cadre, Sinha was an additional secretary with the Central Vigilance Commission before joining the CBI.
National Investigation Agency (NIA)’s chief Sharad Kumar, former Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik, Bihar police’s former chief Abhayanand and Railway Protection Force (RPF) chief Krishna Chaudhary are also in the fray, said the source.
“IPS officers of the 1976-1979 batches will be short-listed by the government and the final decision will be taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by the PM,” said the source.