2 IPS officers get extension in CBI

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today gave extension to two Superintendents of police in the premier investigating agency.

Sonal Agnihotri, a 2004-batch IPS officer from Himachal Pradesh cadre, is is an SP in the CBI. He has got an extension in the agency till May 30, 2018.
Sonal Agnihotri, a 2004-batch IPS officer from Himachal Pradesh cadre, is an SP in the CBI. He has got an extension in the agency till May 30, 2018.

The decision is based on the recommendation of the CBI selection committee that had met earlier this month to consider the proposal for extending the deputation tenure of two officers.

IPS officer Sonal Agnihotri has got extension till May 30, 2018. Agnihotri, a 2004 batch IPS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre and presently working as Superintendent of Police (SP) in Central Bureau of Investigation.

Besides him, Keshav Ram Chaurasia, is a 2003 batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, is an SP in the CBI, who is probing coal block allocation scam, was today given extension from June 7, 2016 to June 6, 2019.

The committee was informed that Chaurasia is part of the CBI team which is investigating the coal block allocation cases. The Supreme Court had directed that the officers associated with the inquiry and investigation of coal block allocation cases should be not changed without leave of the court.

Hence, the Home Ministry has taken up the matter with the state government concerned for grant of cadre clearance in respect of the officer for the said period.

The committee has recommended that the apex court may be apprised of the facts and instruction sought from it about continuance of the officer in the CBI.

Till such time the instructions of the apex court are available or till June 6, 2019, whichever is earlier, the officer may be continued in his present position, an order by Department of Personnel and Training said.

Two more officers — IPS officer Jayant J Naiknaware and IRS officer Sudhanshu Dhar Mishra — have been inducted as SP in the CBI for initial period of four years, another order said.

Inputs with PTI