Centre ‘zeroes in’ on NIA head

The choice for the head of recently established National Investigation Agency has zeroed in on three IPS officers...

Written by Amitabh Sinha | New Delhi | Published:January 10, 2009 1:33 am

The choice for the head of recently established National Investigation Agency has zeroed in on three IPS officers,with A P Singh,presently Additional Director General in BSF,being the front-runner for the post,sources said.

The other two officers are Karamvir Singh,a 1975 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre,who is currently posted as Additional Director General (North) of CRPF in Jammu and Kashmir,and Sharad Kumar,a 1979 batch Haryana cadre IPS officer.

These were the only three candidates who have been interviewed for the post,with Ashok Kumar Bhan,a 1976 batch J&K cadre officer,the fourth to be called for interview,deciding to give it a miss.

The Government is already believed to have settled on the name of A P Singh,not only because he is the senior most officer among all candidates,but also because of his long stint in the Central Bureau of Investigation,sources said. However,a formal announcement in this regard is awaited. A P Singh,a 1974 batch officer of Jharkhand cadre,has spent about 10 years in the CBI and handled cases related to the Harshad Mehta stock market scam and the HDW submarine case.

He had been empanelled as Director General of Police in September last year,but was continuing in his current post,awaiting a posting.

The NIA was established on January 1 this year in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks in November.

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