Vol. 6 | Issue 8 | November 2012
The South and North Blocks are agog with activity nowadays. Not only a new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director has to be selected – the present incumbent A P Singh is retiring on November 30 – but, more importantly, it has to be figured out how to rehabilitate A P Singh for his “commendable Services”. Reportedly, the Government wanted to make him a member of the National Human Rights Commission. But, Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj rejected his name. The Government is now considering appointing him as a member of the UPSC. With decision on Singh hanging in balance, the October 18 select committee meeting to select his successor ended inconclusively. The officers who are in the fray for the prestigious post are Indo-Tibetan Border Police Director-General Ranjit Sinha (1974 IPS), National Investigative Agency Director-General S C Sinha (1975 IPS), Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar Sinha (1976 IPS) and Special Director CBI V K Gupta (1977 IPS). However, sources disclosed that during the select committee meeting A P Singh (1977 IPS) backed DGP Orissa Police Prakash Mishra (1977 IPS), also retiring in November, instead of V K Gupta who is retiring on December 31. Meanwhile, it is learnt that South Block is no mood to appoint an officer considered close to a political party or a business house.