India’s top investigating agency may finally have a lady boss, hinted top level sources in the corridors of power.
With two of the four names doing the rounds for the CBI top job being senior woman IPS officers this scenario cannot be brushed aside. PM Narendra Modi-led three-member met here on Monday to decide on the chief of the country’s premier probe agency CBI. The post of CBI director is lying vacant for over one month following Anil Sinha’s retirement on December 2.
The government was understandably tight-lipped on who would get the plum post. There was no official word from the government as to what transpired during the meeting, official sources said.
At present, Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana is the interim director of the investigating agency. The selection committee has Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Justice of India or his nominee as its other members. A list of about 45 eligible IPS officers has been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for consideration as the next CBI director, official sources said on Monday. The name of senior IPS officers Krishna Choudhary, Aruna Bahuguna and S C Mathur and Archana Ramasundaram among others are doing the rounds as strong contenders for the top post, they said.
Choudhary and Bahuguna are 1979 batch IPS officers of Bihar and Telangana cadre respectively. Choudhary is Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force and Bahuguna is Director of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad.
Mathur, a 1981 batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre, is Director General of Maharshtra Police.