Published On: Wed, Oct 14th, 2015

SC asks Centre whether Archana Ramasundaram can join CBI as Additional Director

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to make its stand clear whether senior Indian Police Service officer, Archana Ramasundaram, would be considered in future for the post of Additional Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram

Senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram

The court asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar to come before it with instruction as the officer, who is now the Director of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), was restrained by it to discharge function as the Additional Director of the CBI as she had joined the agency without being relieved by the Tamil Nadu Government which had suspended her.

Later, her suspension was revoked and Ms Ramasundaram, a 1980 batch Indian Police Service (IPS), officer was moved from the CBI to NCRB.

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The development had taken place when a petition against her appointment was pending before the apex court which had restrained her from discharging her duty as Additional Director in CBI and asking her to first get the suspension order repealed.

Ms Ramsundaram had also complained that the apex court order was in the way of her promotion to the rank of DGP.

A bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra posted the matter for hearing on Thursday asking the Solicitor General “to take instruction whether the officer would be considered for the rank of Additional Director, CBI in future or not.”

The bench noted that the order retraining her from discharging her duty as Additional Director was passed keeping in view that it would be subject to the outcome of the decision in the Public Interest Litigation (PIL).

A PIL was filed in early 2014 against posting Ms Ramasundaram as CBI’s Additional Director without following proper procedure of getting the consent of Tamil Nadu government, to whose police force she belongs.

The apex court had on May 9, 2014 restrained her from discharging her duty as Additional Director in CBI.


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