CBI Versus CVC, Again
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) do seem to be taking adversarial positions on senior appointments in the nation’s premier investigative agency. Sources say there is fresh trouble brewing between the two organisations, this time the clash is over the appointment of a special director in the CBI. And this barely days after the fierce tussle over the appointment of an additional director, in which the CBI prevailed.
Sources say that the agencies are now at loggerheads over the panel set up to appoint a special director in the CBI, the number two post in the organisation. The CVC, Home Ministry and Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) have proposed five names for the post and are pushing for an early decision. Interestingly, sources say, four of the proposed names do not have adequate experience of working in the CBI or in Vigilance, leaving only one candidate – Odisha DGP Prakash Mishra who has a clear chance. The CBI however is opposed to setting up such a panel and has questioned the haste in filling the vacancy when there are many other posts of special director vacant in other central armed police forces. Given that CBI chief Ranjit Sinha has been taking an “independent” course of late, the Government may just have to take a cautious approach to the issue.
Cop For Reforms
Hamstrung by service rules and perhaps loyalty to the ‘establishment’ during their career, civil servants often get candid only after retirement, when they write their memoirs. But Vinoy Kumar Singh, Additional Director of Police in Andhra Pradesh is a rare cop who has done some straight talking while still in service. Singh’s book, entitled, “Is It Police: Confession of a Top Cop” makes a forceful argument for police reforms and making the criminal justice system fairer. The 1987-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer’s book has become a talking point within the bureaucracy. But apparently it was not all easy going. Singh, sources say, had finished the book four years ago, but the State Government sat on the manuscript for three years before letting him publish it. Reportedly, a section of police officers and senior babus had objected to the initial title and some portions, which Singh had to revise before receiving the nod to go ahead. Singh has now joined the growing chorus of voices within the police service who want the Government to introduce police reforms at the earliest and put an end to political interference in policing matters. But will netas heed?
Kerala’s Babu Crunch
Kerala faces an acute babu crunch. The State is short of 165 IAS, 125 IPS and 88 Forest Service officers, with the result that as many as 36 officials in the State are holding additional posts. The situation apparently is so desperate that the State Government has decided not to recommend officers of the Kerala cadre for Central deputation this year. Further, officers who have completed a five-year deputation at the Centre will have to return to the State immediately and will not be allowed any extension. According to sources, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has accepted Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s request to this effect. Apparently Joint Secretary, DoPT Bhanu Pratap Sharma has informed the State Chief Secretary E.K. Bharat Bhushan that the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the repatriation of the officers immediately after their deputation period.