CBI Director Anil Sinha retires; Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana takes charge

It is the first time in last 10 years, that no new CBI chief has been named to succeed an incumbent. Sinha completed his two-year tenure today.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 4:56 pm
Photo for representational purpose. Photo for representational purpose.

CBI Director Anil Sinha on Friday retired from the post handing over the baton to his second-in-command, Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana, as the government did not name any full-time chief. Asthana, a Gujarat-cadre officer of 1984-batch, got elevated as the second-in-command in CBI two days ago when Special Director R K Dutta, who was among the frontrunners for the top post, was shifted to the Home Ministry as a Special Secretary. The post of second special secretary was created for the first time in the ministry.

It is the first time in last 10 years, that no new CBI chief has been named to succeed an incumbent. Sinha completed his two-year tenure today. “The competent authority has approved assignment of additional charge of the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to Rakesh Asthana, IPS (GJ: 1984), Additional Director, CBI with effect from the date of relinquishment of charge by Anil Kumar Sinha, IPS (BH:1979) on completion of his tenure with immediate effect and until further orders,” an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training said.

The CBI chief is selected through a collegium comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition or largest party in opposition in Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India. The collegium has not been able to meet.

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60-year-old Sinha took charge of the agency when it was earning sobriquet of “caged parrot” and “closure bureau of
investigation” and he managed to steady the ship by keeping away from media and ensuring a low profile with limited social circle. Sinha proved to be a soft-spoken yet assertive leader for the agency who guided investigation in a number of important cases like the Sheena Bora murder case and Vijay Mallya loan default case.

In Mallya’s case, Sinha ensured that a case is registered against the flamboyant liquor baron for his alleged default of loans extended to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines even though banks did not approach CBI with a complaint. He directed his teams to explore role of media baron Peter Mukerjea in the Sheena Bora murder case after the agency was handed over the investigation.

Sinha ensured that CBI rigorously follows cases of piling of Non-performing Assets in public sector banks even though banks were reluctant to initiate a probe in these cases fearing loss of possible middle path which can be arrived at through discussions with defaulters.

Sinha, an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University where he studied during the first decade of its inception, follows his interests in psychology and economics and loves to spend a quiet time with his family.

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First Published on: December 2, 2016 3:54 pm
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    bonku
    Dec 2, 2016 at 3:07 pm
    All important consutional positions will eventually be given to people from Gujarat, Gujarati origin or tested for Modi loyalty in Gujarat.
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      Tax payer
      Dec 2, 2016 at 11:35 am
      Another gujju lapdog for BJP to loot from the nation and call it patriotism. Now all cases against Reliance and Adani and others will disappear. BJP looter Gali Janadhan reddy will conduct his second daughter's marriage for 1000 crores
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        Aditya
        Dec 2, 2016 at 9:47 pm
        I have lived long time in Gujarat and I am from north Indian. I have low respect for IAS officers in general. Let me tell you IAS officers in North India behave like British Sahebs and much more corrupt especially in UP and Punjab. IAS officers in Gujarat are little more down to earth than north India. I don't know the status of IAS officers in south or eastern India.
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          avd
          Dec 2, 2016 at 11:35 am
          One must appreciate CBI Director Anil Sinha, retiring today, for discharging his duties fearlessly without any stricture from any political Party or even SC when other ex-Director Ranjit Sinha had many problems while discharging his duties as CBI Director under his tenure CBI was called as a Caged Parrot by no other than SC .It is advised Modi Govt to utilise services of such honest,sincere and talented IPS officer to curb corruption.
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            Tarun
            Dec 2, 2016 at 11:55 am
            Urjit Patel , Now CBI director from Gujarat, Amit Shah , Ambani, Adani all Gujarat . Modification of India.
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              T DUTTA
              Dec 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm
              CASHLESS SYSTEM IS VERY GOOD BUT THERE MUST BE A MACHINERY TO TACKLE AND IDENTIFY CYBERFRAUD------PLASTIC MONEY MAY GIVE RISE TO PLASTIC FRAUD
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                T DUTTA
                Dec 2, 2016 at 1:57 pm
                WHO KNOWS THERE MAY BE FAKE PLASTIC CARDS [like fake currency]
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                  Ganesh Dore
                  Dec 2, 2016 at 11:04 pm
                  Mr Anil let Mallya travel Overseas and hide in London ?
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                    Ganesh Dore
                    Dec 2, 2016 at 11:13 pm
                    No question BJP Gujarat has confidence in the new guy . New guy seems qualified and he has kept his nose clean. There is more to good governance than so called justice to Ishrat Jahan. All Indications are that Ms Jahan was to be used in an ination attempt.
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                      harun
                      Dec 2, 2016 at 12:06 pm
                      Astana will be a Icon of CBI and it being a independant agency.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Its time that CBI is freed and with Astana it has been set free
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                        jugnu Singh
                        Dec 2, 2016 at 7:21 pm
                        It is a common talk in the civil services today that the Gujarat cadre officers get preferential treatment and whether the PM realizes or not there is certain degree of hostility of the civil servants directed towards him for this very reason.
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                          mumbikar
                          Dec 2, 2016 at 10:41 pm
                          wow !!!! another game by modi/shah team !!!! first wait till the last min, than give they man the job !!!! the person who was to take over is transferred as sec: overnight !!!! the new CBI chief covered up for them in 2002 when he was posted there !!!!
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                            Narpatsinh
                            Dec 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm
                            This officer is honest officer. It will be great if he is going to CBI. Country will be safe for internal security and mafias and anti- national activities, carried out by political parties.
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                              Ruvi
                              Dec 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm
                              Hahaha...do u even understand what does Gujarat Cadre means???lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;GROW UP!!!
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                                rajan luthra
                                Dec 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm
                                Gujjubhais everywhere with no place to spare.
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                                  Rajneesh Kapur
                                  Dec 2, 2016 at 10:48 am
                                  This was expected
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                                    Roshan
                                    Dec 2, 2016 at 11:01 am
                                    Guj Inc. Repeat the Gujarat model
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                                      Sydu
                                      Dec 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm
                                      Oh, in Central GOVT now all GUJRATIS onlylt;br/gt;Because of PM influence.
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                                        Saravanan
                                        Dec 2, 2016 at 12:58 pm
                                        RBI Governor from Gujaraj... CBI director from Gujaraj... BJP President from Gujaraj... PM from Gujaraj. Is this co-incident? Dont we have talent from rest of India? Rest of India has only folks for Army but not from Gujaraj?
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                                          gopal
                                          Dec 2, 2016 at 1:44 pm
                                          Only Gujarat people are patriotic and others are anti nationality
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                                            gopal
                                            Dec 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm
                                            To close all cases of Modi and partt
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