Race for new CBI chief enters last lap

  • Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 22:44 IST

Three senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, including ministry of home affairs’ special secretary Prakash Mishra and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s special director Anil Sinha, have emerged as front-runners for the agency’s top job as incumbent Ranjit Sinha’s stint gets over around ten days later.

Apart from Mishra and Sinha, National Investigation Agency (NIA)’s chief Sharad Kumar’s name is “being actively considered” for the CBI’s top job as well, said an agency source.

The source said, “One from these three candidates may get the top post in the CBI. The process to appoint the CBI chief has gathered momentum in view of the SC strictures against the incumbent.” The CBI director seemed disinclined to step down despite the Supreme Court’s censure against him in the 2G-spectrum probe on Thursday when it asked him to recuse from the case’s investigation and prosecution.

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.

“From the 1980 batch, Maharashtra’s IPS officer KP Raghuvanshi may get in the reckoning for the top CBI post. An excellent officer, he had headed the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad when it was formed in 2004 and has headed it twice,” said the source.’

“In case no decision gets taken by December 2, then the agency’s sole special director may be asked to head it in an acting capacity,” said the source. The sole special director, Anil Sinha, is the senior- most officer in the CBI after Ranjit Sinha.

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