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CBI flouts appointment rules

Appointment of at least nine deputy superintendents of police (DSP) to sensitive postings at the CBI has been done against recruitment rules. Sources in the CBI said that even as one of the eligibility criteria for recruitment as DSP to the CBI on deputation or absorption is that the candidate should have at least three years’ experience in investigation of criminal cases, 14 officers from Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) were recruited against a vacancy of 21 on 21 March this year. The primary role of SSB is ‘prevention’ of crime. Of these 14, five were already serving with the CBI as inspectors, the other nine were serving on non-investigative assignments in SSB like circle organiser and sub-area organiser .
The CBI had prepared a list of about 62 eligible candidates which was shared with concerned agencies. Most of these candidates were from SSB. Even the note circulated for absorption of these officers mention: ‘It is pertinent to mention that as per RRs three years experience in investigation of criminal cases is required. The eligible candidates (of which the CBI sent a list) are mostly from SSB wherein their experience is shown as ‘collection of intelligence’. It is presumed that experience in collection of intelligence also includes investigation of criminal cases.’.
A few days after the circulation of the note, Union Public Service Commission on 18 December 2012 wrote to the CBI recommending 21 candidates from that same list for appointment on deputation/absorption to the post of DSPs. Subsequently, 14 of them were appointed on 21 March 2013. All of them were from SSB.

These officers were posted at sensitive wings of the CBI which demand skills in criminal investigations. Ten officers were posted with the anti-corruption branch of the agency, two each were given to economic offense and special unit branches.

Prior to this, a letter was sent by former CBI director Amar Pratap Singh to UPSC chairman DP Aggarwal to expedite the proposal which had been sent to the commission. ‘A proposal for filling up 21 vacant posts of DSP in CBI on deputation/absorption basis is in UPSC since 4 September 2012. I shall be grateful if personal talks are held during October as the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India is regularly monitoring the vacancies,’ the letter states.

The CBI has been grappling with acute shortage of manpower as about 800 posts of executive officers, including all ranks are vacant.
Mohit Sharma

Mohit Sharma

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