Rajnish Rai, the IPS officer best known for investigation of the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, has challenged his deputation as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of public sector enterprises in Jharkhand, before the Delhi High Court and has sought posting back in the police force. The court has instructed the Central as well as state governments to consider his petition before further hearing.
Confirming the development, Rai’s lawyer I H Syed said that the court has passed instructions to the government to consider his posting for the post of Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Rai moved the High Court after principal bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), New Delhi allowed his similar petition but did not overrule his appointment and ordered the authorities to give him a fresh deputation within three months since Rai has already joined his post as CVO.
Before the tribunal, Rai contended that his posting as CVO in Jharkhand was a biased decision which also violated the norms for such deputation for which he had not applied. As per the rules, taking consent of the concerned officers is a must. Along with Rai another IPS Satish Verma was also posted as CVO in Shillong along with 8 other officers. Rai and Verma challenged their deputation before the CAT alleging that the postings were mala fide.
The tribunal rejected Verma’s application while it granted relief to Rai.