Apex court restrains CBI’s first woman additional director from discharging duties
On Thursday evening, the J Jayalalithaa government suspended Ramasundaram, hours after the 1980 batch officer joined work at the CBI in Delhi. Though the Centre had issued orders three months back, she was not relieved despite reminders to the state government. The state government said she did not have its consent to take up her new assignment and accused her of ‘deserting’ her post of head of the Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board. It asked her to report to Chennai.
It was a controversial appointment. While CBI director Ranjit Sinha had supported it, the Central Vigilance Commission had recommended the name of RK Pachnanda, a 1982-batch officer of the West Bengal cadre. The PIL challenges the recommendation of the CVC being ignored.
After her appointment, a PIL was filed in Allahabad high court challenging the decision of the government. Her appointment has again been challenged in the Supreme Court by Vineet Narain after which a bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha issued a notice to the Centre and Ramasundaram asking them to file their responses. It will come up for hearing on Friday.