Hit by vacant posts, govt extends tenure of CBI officials

A CVC-led panel decides on appointments and extension in tenure of officials of the rank of Superintendent of Police and above in the CBI.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2018 23:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The agency has six vacancies at the rank of joint director with several holding more than one charge to tide over the staff crunch. (AFP Photo)

Facing vacancies at the rank of joint directors (JD), the Central Bureau of Investigation got a breather from the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) which gave a go ahead to extend the tenure of some key officers, including those who have worked closely in some high-profile cases as part of special director Rakesh Asthana’s team.

The agency has six vacancies at the rank of JD with several holding more than one charge to tide over the staff crunch.

The two join directors whose tenure has been extended are AYV Krishna (from July 18, 2018 to January 17,2020) and Sai Manohar Aramane (from July 17, 2018 to April 2019).

Aramane is part of a special investigation team handling politically-sensitive bank fraud case involving Vijay Mallya, headed by Asthana, officials said.

The CVC is considering fresh appointments of three more JDs in the agency but the deliberations got delayed as CBI director Alok Verma has objected to some of the names being considered.

A CVC-led panel decides on appointments and extension in tenure of officials of the rank of Superintendent of Police and above in the CBI. HT has seen relevant documents in this regard.

The government has cleared extension in tenure of another JD-rank official, Manish Kishore Sinha, a 1996-batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, from April 3, 2018 to November 30, 2018. Sinha is in the middle of a course at the National Defence College.

Among others whose tenure have been extended by a panel headed by Central Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary included a Deputy Inspector General-rank officer Anish Prasad, who was repatriated in May to his cadre state Tripura, officials said.

Prasad’s tenure been extended from June 3, 2018 to May 5, 2020. He is serving in the agency as deputy director (administration).

Apart from this, the vigilance panel has cleared extension in deputation tenure of another senior IPS officer, Prem Kumar Gautam, who worked closely with Asthana in probing important cases including the one involving Mallya, officials said.

The approval of competent authority is conveyed for extension in the central deputation tenure of Gautam for a period from January 27, 2018 until the date the CBI gets permission or further direction from the Supreme Court as he (Gautam) is handling the coal block allocation scam cases that are being monitored by the top court.

The apex court, which is monitoring probe in the multi-crore coal block scam involving some politicians, businessmen and former bureaucrats, has said that no officer associated with the investigation should be removed from the team without its permission, according to the officials.

First Published: Jul 22, 2018 23:30 IST