Meet the new CBI director: All you need to know about IPS Anil Kumar Sinha

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the appointment of senior IPS officer Anil Kumar Sinha as chief of its  investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation, replacing Ranjit Sinha whose two-year term ended on Monday.

A high-level committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Justice of India HL Dattu  met on Tuesday to choose the new CBI chief.

 Meet the new CBI director: All you need to know about IPS Anil Kumar Sinha

Anil Sinha earlier served as Special Director of CBI.

Here's all you need to know about the new CBI chief

* Anil Kumar Sinha is a 1979 batch IPS officer who has served several important positions including anti-corruption and vigilance in Bihar

* He also served as the Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order as well as Additional DG, heading the Vigilance Investigation Bureau in Bihar

* Sinha, before joining the CBI, served as Additional Secretary at the Central Vigilance Commission

* In May 2013, Sinha took over as CBI Special Director and has been involved in several high profile cases including the Saradha scam

* Sinha holds a post-graduate in Psychology and M.Phil in Strategic Studies. He was  awarded a Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2000 and the President's Police Medal for distinguished service in 2006. He also attended the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.

 

Outgoing director Ranjit Sinha's tenure as CBI chief saw highs like busting of some big bribery cases involving a Railway Board member, Chairman and Managing Director of a public sector bank, Chief Executive Officer of Censor Board, among others.

The lows for Sinha were mainly the criticism he faced from the Supreme Court which asked Sinha to not interfere in the 2G probe. The allegations against Sinha concern attempts to interfere in the investigation and the prosecution of the 2G spectrum scam case against Reliance ADAG, investigation into the Aircel Maxis deal and the Tata Teleservices-Reliance dispute

Another criticism against Sinha was CBI's shoddy probe in the coal scam cases, sharing of status report in coal with the then Law Minister Ashwani Kumar after which the agency earned the sobriquet of "caged parrot" from the apex court.

Interestingly, this is the first time that a panel headed by the Prime Minister has appointed a CBI chief. The change comes after the UPA II  t passed the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act and also an amendment to the Delhi Special Police Act.

 

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Updated Date: Dec 03, 2014 19:41:45 IST