Published On: Thu, Jun 18th, 2015

‘Idle’ top cop in CBI gets appoint to head National Crime Records Bureau

New Delhi: The first woman Additional Director of the CBI, who had been cooling her heels in the agency without any work, following a Supreme Court order, has got posting as Director, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), New Delhi.

Archana-Ramasundaram

Archana Ramasundaram, who had been cooling her heels in the CBI without any work, got posting as NCRB Chief.

The Supreme Court had restrained the 1980 batch Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram on May 9 last year from doing any work after petitioner Vineet Narain said the government imposed its chosen officer on CBI despite the selection committee not recommending her name for the Additional Director’s post.

The Tamil Nadu government had also opposed her shift to the centre.

While the post of Additional Director is crucial in supervising probe conducted by the CBI’s different units and also take a view on the fate of any investigation.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved lateral shift of Ramasundaram from the post of Additional Director, CBI to hold Director General or equivalent level post at the Centre; and premature curtailment of her tenure in the CBI, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved lateral shift of Ramasundaram from the post of Additional Director, CBI to hold Director General or equivalent level post at the Centre; and premature curtailment of her tenure in the CBI, an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training said.

The ACC approved the appointment of Ramasundaram as Director, NCRB by temporarily upgrading the post, to the level of Director General, for a period of two years with effect from the date of her assumption of charge of the post or till September 30, 2017, i.E. The date of her superannuation, it said.

Her appointment is subject to the outcome of the writ petition pending in Supreme Court and the court may be apprised accordingly by filing appropriate affidavit before it, the order said.

Ramasundaram’s appointment last year had generated quite a controversy as the CBI locked horns with Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and Home Ministry over the choice. Her name was recommended by the then CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to the Department of Personnel and Training, nodal authority for the agency.

But, the CVC and then Union Home Secretary had recommended another officer who was opposed by Sinha.

TST

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