In a fresh order, the Central government has posted IPS officer Rajnish Rai in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) as Inspector General while scrapping his earlier posting as chief vigilance officer (CVO) in the remote Jaduguda in Jharkhand.
The ministry of home affairs issued a memorandum in this regard, announcing his posting in the CRPF. The memorandum, signed by Mukesh Sawhney, under secretary, stated, “…the undersigned is directed to convey approval of the competent authority for appointment of Rajnish Kumar Rai, CVO, Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), Jaduguda as Inspector General, CRPF, on lateral shift basis for the balance period of his deputation tenure i.e up to 7/10/2019.. “ The location of his posting is not known yet.
A 1992-batch IPS officer, Rai had challenged his deputation as CVO in Jharkhand before the principal bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), New Delhi, claiming that the decision amounted to “separating a wife from her husband with regard to existing mandatory guidelines of the Government of India regarding posting of spouses in the government service at the same time”.
He had also alleged that behind his deputation to far-flung area in Jharkhand lied the mala fide intention of the state as well as Central government. He challenged his posting as CVO, alleging that his investigation into the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter — that resulted into the arrest of several IPS officers, among others — “became defining events for the displeasure and bias of the state government”.
In January, CAT gave respite to Rai, ordering the Central government to give him a central post within three months. However, Rai moved Delhi High Court, challenging the CAT order demanding police posting. The matter is pending in the High Court.