RAKESH ASTHANA IPS

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New DG, CRPF from 1984 batch only

Three IPS officers are said be in the reckoning for the coveted post of Director General, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF); A P Maheshwari (IPS:1984:UP), Surjeet Singh Deswal (IPS:1984:HY) and Rakesh Asthana (IPS:1984:GJ). The outgoing DG Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar (IPS:1983:UP) is retiring this month end.

Presently, Maheshwari is working as Special Secretary, Internal Security in the Union Home Ministry; Deswal is DG, ITBP whereas Asthana is DG, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) along with the additional charge of DG, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). 

19 Dec 2019
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Asthana, Modi & Deswal given Apex Scale

The NaMO administration, on Sunday, granted Apex Scale to three senior IPS officers namely;

  • Rakesh Asthana (IPS:1984:GJ)- DG, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS)
  • Y C Modi (IPS:1984:AM)- DG, NIA
  • S S Deswal (IPS:1984:HY)- DG, ITBP

11 Mar 2019
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New DG, CRPF from 1984 batch only

By IndianMandarins 19 Dec 2019

Three IPS officers are said be in the reckoning for the coveted post of Director General, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF); A P Maheshwari (IPS:1984:UP), Surjeet Singh Deswal (IPS:1984:HY) and Rakesh Asthana (IPS:1984:GJ). The outgoing DG Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar (IPS:1983:UP) is retiring this month end.

Presently, Maheshwari is working as Special Secretary, Internal Security in the Union Home Ministry; Deswal is DG, ITBP whereas Asthana is DG, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) along with the additional charge of DG, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). 

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Asthana, Modi & Deswal given Apex Scale

By IndianMandarins 11 Mar 2019

The NaMO administration, on Sunday, granted Apex Scale to three senior IPS officers namely;

  • Rakesh Asthana (IPS:1984:GJ)- DG, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS)
  • Y C Modi (IPS:1984:AM)- DG, NIA
  • S S Deswal (IPS:1984:HY)- DG, ITBP

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Selection of next CBI Director: Apprehensions turns true

By IndianMandarins 02 Feb 2019

As many senior civil servants in Govt of India had been apprehending the second meeting of PM led panel (comprising CJI & Leader Opposition) on CBI chief's selection remained inconclusive on Friday. The panel had earlier met on 24 January which could not decide on the CBI chief. At that meeting, Kharge was believed to have sought details of the seniority and experience of around 80 IPS officers from four eligible batches which reached nowhere.

 

The top post in CBI post has been lying vacant since January 10 following the the

unceremonious exit of Alok Verma. M Nageswara Rao (IPS:1986:OR) has been working as the interim CBI chief since Verma's ouster.


Reportedly, the High-power selection committee discussed five senior IPS officers but again reached nowhere. Is it that the aforementioned apprehensions turned true?  

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Asthana: victim of fate or lack of survival instinct?

By IndianMandarins 24 Jan 2019

It's a day of heavy speculations. Everyone has his/her call on who would be appointed the next CBI chief.

 

But for Rakesh Asthana (IPS:1984:GJ), it's a day of unmitigated tragedy. If he could have only avoided the conflict that he chose to fight squarely with his boss Alok Verma, today he would have been a clear choice. 

 

Life and fate don't move in a straight line; they rather traverse a zigzag trajectory. He might say he was constrained to take up the fight. But every fighter, as sharp as a cat, knows the value of quick retreat. Until October 22, 2018, almost everyone had accepted for real that Asthana was the first and the foremost choice for the top CBI job. On that day, however, Asthana's life and fate changed forever. Like Prakash Mishra (IPS:1977:OR) was targeted in 2014, Asthana fell victim to a neat conspiracy orchestrated from within and outside CBI.

 

Of course, Asthana would have known what he was up against. He had been non-sparing and quite successful in handling cases. Unlike most of the high-profile CBI cases that end in acquittals by the courts, the cases handled by Rakesh Asthana always ended in convictions. Corrupt politicians were damned scared of him.

 

So, it is argued that if he had sat quietly and waited patiently when his detractors laid the trap for him, he would have still come out with the flying colors.

But that was not to be.

 

Let's recall some of the events at the CBI.

 

During the current NDA regime, S Javeed Ahmed (IPS:1984:UP) was the first to be pre-maturely repatriated from the CBI immediately after the Govt formation, whereas Rakesh Asthana and Y C Modi (IPS:1984:AM) were the first two to be inducted into CBI as ADG.

 

Y C Modi was later sent to the NIA as DG whereas Asthana was made CBI Chief as an ad-hoc arrangement between November 2016 and January 2017. For almost three long months, Asthana was acting CBI chief and acquired experience in running the show. The NaMO administration also signaled that between Y C Modi & Asthana, it considered Asthana a better candidate for the top job in CBI.

 

There was a reason for that.

 

Indianmandarins has learned from several senior officers that the CBI has been suffering from a syndrome of a large number of acquittal cases. In most of the top profile cases, the rate of acquittal has been high but cases investigated and charge-sheets filed by Rakesh Asthana had almost zero acquittal. He was considered one of the best investigative hands among the present lot.

 

Yet, when it came to self-preservation, he failed to figure out the conspiracy and failed to stave off the efforts of corporate lobbyists who turned their illegal wars against him by filing several cases and thus maligned his reputations. Even if he gets cleared by the courts later, he would have already suffered an irreparable loss to his career.


It seems he is fated like Prakash Mishra who, despite bright prospects, got shot down as CBI chief candidate by a frivolous complaint filed against him by his political boss and which, though, could not be sustained in the court later. 

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Asthana appointed Director, BCAS

By IndianMandarins 18 Jan 2019

Rakesh Asthana (IPS:1984:GJ) has been appointed Director, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) which looks after airport and flight security. He replaces Kumar Rajesh Chandra (IPS:1985:BH) who was recently appointed DG, SSB. 

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CBI: Tenure of 04 officials curtailed, Asthana is BCAS chief

By IndianMandarins 17 Jan 2019

The NaMo administration on Thursday curtailed the tenure of four senior CBI officials namely; Special Director Rakesh Asthana (IPS:1984:GJ), Joint Director Arun Kumar Sharma (IPS:1987:GJ), DIG Manish Kumar Sinha (IPS:2000:AP) and SP Jayant J. Naiknavare (IPS:2004:MH).

 

Reportedly, Rakesh Asthana has been appointed Director, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) which looks after airport and flight security. The BCAS post fell vacant after Kumar Rajesh Chandra (IPS:1985:BH) was appointed DG, SSB. Further it is learnt that A K Sharma is being moved to CRPF as ADG and M K Sinha to BPR&D as IG.

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Issues impacting selection of 28th Director of CBI

By IndianMandarins 07 Jan 2019

A host of issues has arisen as the central government sets in motion the process of selecting a new and 28th Director for the CBI.

 

First and foremost is whether the Centre will clear the appointment well in time or will there be a delay as it happened in December 2016. It may be underlined that former CBI Director Anil Kumar Sinha (1979 batch IPS) had completed his fixed tenure in the first week of December 2016 but the government had failed to convene a meeting of the Selection Committee to appoint his successor, resulting in Rakesh Asthana being named Interim Director.

 

The second question emanates from the current status as the Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on a plea by CBI chief Alok Verma against the government’s decision to send him on a “forced leave”.

 

The third question which has been haunting the power corridors is whether the Centre will repeat its earlier mistake of completely setting aside the experience of officers working with the CBI while selecting the Director. It may be underlined that Rupak Datta (IPS:1981: KN), having over one-and-a-half-decade long experience in CBI, was abruptly shifted from CBI to MHA and Alok Verma was picked up despite his comparative disadvantages of experience in the investigation of corruption cases.

 

It may be recalled that when previous CBI Director Sinha had retired on 02 December 2016, the government had failed to convene a meeting of the Selection Committee to appoint his successor, resulting in Rakesh Asthana appointment as an Interim Director beginning 03 December 2016. It was only after a PIL was filed in the Apex Court that Alok Verma was, on 19 January 2017, selected and appointed the Director and took over the charge on 01 February following the completion of ‘Beating The Retreat’ 2017.

 

Further, if the NaMo administration sticks to its own best practices, one may hope that the selection and appointment of Verma’s successor may be announced on or before 31 January 2019 - or before the Republic Day parade or after it.  

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Centre denies RTI requests for info on CBI Director’s removal

By IndianMandarins 07 Jan 2019

The Centre has turned down RTI requests for information on the factors leading to the removal of CBI chief Alok Verma last October since the legal validity of the order is being addressed in the Apex Court.

 

It may be recalled that DOPT and CVC had, on 23 October 2018, invoked powers of superintendence over the premier agency to issue orders divesting Verma of his powers.


Anjali Bhardwaj, co-convenor of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information, had filed RTI requests with both CVC & DOPT, seeking the copies, file notings and correspondence pertaining to the orders.

 

Citing particular sections of the RTI Act, that provide exemptions for information, the CVC denied the RTI requests whereas DoPT said all orders issued on that date were available on its website.

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