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Ranjit Sinha Is the Next CBI Director
Senior IPS officer Ranjit Sinha was today appointed as the the next Director of Central Bureau of Investigation for a two-year term.

Sinha, a 1974 batch officer of Bihar cadre, is presently Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force. He also headed the Railway Protection Force and served at senior positions in the CBI in Patna and Delhi.

An official order put out this evening said Sinha has been appointed as CBI Director for a "period of two years from the date of assumption of office." He will take over charge from present CBI Director A P Singh who is retiring on November 30.

Sinha, having an illustrious carrer spanning over 37-years, has served in CBI as DIG in Patna and Joint Director (Anti corruption) and Joint Director (administration) at its headquarters here.

An MPhil from Indian Institute of Public Administration here, Sinha is an avid reader and writer and regular contributor on police-related issued in various journals and magazines.

A recipient of Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, Sinha has served as SSP at Ranchi, Madhubani and Saharsa districts and also as DIG of naxal-affected Magadh Range in Bihar.

He has also served in CRPF as IG (Operations) in Srinagar and IG (Personnel) in Delhi.

Sinha's name was cleared by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from a panel of three IPS officers shortlisted for selecting the next head of the country's premier investigating agency.

A Central Vigilance Commissioner-headed selection committee had shortlisted three senior IPS officials including Sinha, Director General of National Investigation Agency S C Sinha (Haryana:1975), and UP DG (Home Guards) Atul (UP:1976) for consideration for the post.
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2/D-42
Nov 23, 2012
12:01 PM

Outlook India : Ranjit Sinha Is the Next CBI Director
New Delhi | Nov 22, 2012
 

Congratulations to Ranjit Sinha on his appointment as Director,CBI.One hopes, he maintains the dignity of high office and withstand all pressures.
However, with the infighting going on within the IPS cadre and one hopeful having approached the CAT for redrassal of grievance, the selection of new CBI chief has got mired in controversy.This could be attributed to : (a) Arbitrary selection process; (b) Anomalous recruitment rules( RRs) and ( c) The privilege of decision making authority lying with the ruling dispensation. A transparent, non-partisan selection in the present scenario, is .The lacuna has hit the credibility of the premier investigative agency. The practice of shortlisting of candidates left to the committee headed by CVC with Cabinet Secretary and the outgoing Director CBI as Members,is simplistic. It could mere...ly facilitate selecting an officer, who would be always willing to truncate and influence the investigations at the behest of political masters.Associating the Cabinet Secretary with the CVC’s committee,is per se wrong as the former is Secretary to the ACC,the final arbiter. Worse, associating the outgoing CBI Chief with selection of the incoming chief may bring in biases and prejudices.Reforms in selection process are needed.It is time the R/Rs for the post of Director ,CBI are amended to insulate the premier investigative agency from political interference and maintain its dignity. As per Supreme court’s directions,the post of Director CBI is to be filled from the IPS cadre.
Against this background,it will be ideal if the selection is conducted in three stages as follows: (i) The short list should be prepared in a transparent manner by a committee of all DGs in the country,based on general reputation of eligible candidates, their finest qualities of head and heart and,of course,their seniority;(ii) The CVC may be asked to provide vigilance clearance in respect of shortlisted candidates (iii) The shortlisted candidates may be interviewed by the collegium headed by the PM with LOP (LS)and the CJI as Members.The selection should be finalized by the collegium on the basis of consensus with provision for dissenting Notes. Taking approval of the ACC is an administrative necessity before issuing formal approval.
The above suggestions merits attention of the government so that the entire controversy is set at rest for the future.

A K Saxena (A retired civil servant)
www.aksaxena.co.in

A K SAXENA, DELHI.INDIA
1/D-41
Nov 23, 2012
12:01 PM

Outlook India : Ranjit Sinha Is the Next CBI Director
New Delhi | Nov 22, 2012
 

Congratulations to Ranjit Sinha on his appointment as Director,CBI.One hopes, he maintains the dignity of high office and withstand all pressures.
However, with the infighting going on within the IPS cadre and one hopeful having approached the CAT for redrassal of grievance, the selection of new CBI chief has got mired in controversy.This could be attributed to : (a) Arbitrary selection process; (b) Anomalous recruitment rules( RRs) and ( c) The privilege of decision making authority lying with the ruling dispensation. A transparent, non-partisan selection in the present scenario, is .The lacuna has hit the credibility of the premier investigative agency. The practice of shortlisting of candidates left to the committee headed by CVC with Cabinet Secretary and the outgoing Director CBI as Members,is simplistic. It could mere...ly facilitate selecting an officer, who would be always willing to truncate and influence the investigations at the behest of political masters.Associating the Cabinet Secretary with the CVC’s committee,is per se wrong as the former is Secretary to the ACC,the final arbiter. Worse, associating the outgoing CBI Chief with selection of the incoming chief may bring in biases and prejudices.Reforms in selection process are needed.It is time the R/Rs for the post of Director ,CBI are amended to insulate the premier investigative agency from political interference and maintain its dignity. As per Supreme court’s directions,the post of Director CBI is to be filled from the IPS cadre.
Against this background,it will be ideal if the selection is conducted in three stages as follows: (i) The short list should be prepared in a transparent manner by a committee of all DGs in the country,based on general reputation of eligible candidates, their finest qualities of head and heart and,of course,their seniority;(ii) The CVC may be asked to provide vigilance clearance in respect of shortlisted candidates (iii) The shortlisted candidates may be interviewed by the collegium headed by the PM with LOP (LS)and the CJI as Members.The selection should be finalized by the collegium on the basis of consensus with provision for dissenting Notes. Taking approval of the ACC is an administrative necessity before issuing formal approval.
The above suggestions merits attention of the government so that the entire controversy is set at rest for the future.

A K Saxena (A retired civil servant)
www.aksaxena.co.in

A K SAXENA, DELHI.INDIA
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