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CBI: No second line management yet?

People in the power corridors often discuss about the complete vacuum in the second-line management of country’s premier investigative agency -- CBI. Reportedly, after the bitter faction-feud at the top of the CBI, the NaMo administration has been highly cautious of any unwarranted situation to arise again. The CBI has a sanctioned post of Special Director and three posts of Additional Director General but all posts are vacant at the moment.
Reportedly, it’s a deliberate move of the NaMo administration to keep complete silence over filling up of those posts. It is believed that it wants the CBI to be given adequate time to restore its glory under upright chief Rishi Kumar Shukla (IPS:1983:MP).

08 Jan 2020
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Asthana appointed Director, BCAS

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. 

18 Jan 2019
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CBI: No second line management yet?

By IndianMandarins 08 Jan 2020

People in the power corridors often discuss about the complete vacuum in the second-line management of country’s premier investigative agency -- CBI. Reportedly, after the bitter faction-feud at the top of the CBI, the NaMo administration has been highly cautious of any unwarranted situation to arise again. The CBI has a sanctioned post of Special Director and three posts of Additional Director General but all posts are vacant at the moment.
Reportedly, it’s a deliberate move of the NaMo administration to keep complete silence over filling up of those posts. It is believed that it wants the CBI to be given adequate time to restore its glory under upright chief Rishi Kumar Shukla (IPS:1983:MP).

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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 feud: PM's own men spoil his electoral optics

By IndianMandarins 22 Nov 2018

PMO's top men can't blame anyone for spoiling the optics leading to National Election 2019. They have been responsible for picking up top officials in the CBI and other organizations. And hand-picked officials are the ones who are messing up with PM's laboriously cultivated image of a competent and able administrator.

 

Take, for instance, the most-talked-about case of the CBI. Both Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana were vetted and selected by him, bypassing Rupak Dutta (Retd IPS:1981:KN) who was among the most experienced (15 years in CBI as SP, DIG, ADG, and Special Director) and counted among the upright officers shortlisted for the CBI Chief post. But he was unceremoniously shifted to MHA as a Special Secretary Internal Security-II.

 

And look and behold. Dutta opted to quietly fade away - like all honorable men and women. But Verma and Asthana, two blue-eyed boys of the PM, have done everything to damage the image of Modi. In the process of damaging each other and settling their personal scores, they never bothered for a second how their deeds may raise questions about the PM's leadership qualities. They went as far as to invite the comment from the Supreme Court that "none of you deserve a hearing".

 

One understands that the PM has been in a tremendous hurry to leave his mark on India's history from the day he entered Parliament and became the leader of the ruling NDA. To achieve his political objective, he followed what he had learned as the CM of Gujarat: pack the administration with his favorite yes men. A completely centralised model for selection process and non-transparent 360-degree selection for rejection was adopted to follow a cloak and dagger policy in dealing with IAS and IPS officers. Resultantly, many competent officers were unceremoniously repatriated to their respective cadres, various others not even empanelled to hold JS, AS & Secretary level posts and few others (sidelined) were not picked for key departments. One could not find even a single example of less preferred  or sidelined officer to have spoiled the Govt's optics. 

 

Senior officers got the first inkling of the attitude of the new administration in 2014 itself when they were made to punch in/punch out to mark their attendance like lawless class IV employees.

 

Despite given a raw deal and insinuations against them, many honorable officials discharged their duties and never tried to cast aspersions on the government and its leaders. 

 

But the PM's favorite officials, both in the IAS and IPS, have been jostling for positions. What Modi has been unable to learn from his long years in the government that honest and neutral officials are mentally configured differently from politically inclined officials


Even before the Verma-Asthana case could die away, one CBI DIG Manish Kumar Sinha had approached the Supreme Court against his transfer to Nagpur. He has made a series of sensational charges and allegations against a minister, several CBI officers, the country’s top vigilance officer, NSA Ajit Doval, the law secretary, and a few more top authorities. 

 

Apparently, there is something seriously wrong with the government's screening and selection process for appointment to senior and responsible positions.

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No clean chit to CBI Verma; matter posted for next week

By IndianMandarins 16 Nov 2018

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has reportedly given no clean chit to CBI Director Alok Verma in its report filed to the Supreme Court on November 16. 

 

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S. K. Kaul and K. M. Joseph on Friday called for the response on behalf of CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma to the report submitted by the CVC of its findings against him.

 

“Having perused the report, we are of the view that at this stage and before taking any decision, a copy of the report be given to the counsel for the petitioner, Mr. Alok Verma. It will be open for the petitioner to file a response to the report, again in a sealed cover. The aforesaid action has been considered necessary by the court to preserve the sanctity of the CVC and public confidence in the institution”.

 

A copy of the report has also been directed to be served in a sealed cover to the office of the Attorney General and the Solicitor General. “Needless to say, the report will be treated by utmost confidentiality”, ordered the court.

 

It added that at this stage, it was not inclined to call upon either the Union of India or any other party to submit a response.

 

The top court had adjourned the hearing on Monday, 12 November, after the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) pleaded for time to submit its inquiry report on Verma.

Verma is expected to file a counter-report on Monday, and the matter has now been posted to Tuesday.

 

The CJI, while hearing the case, commented that the CVC’s report was “mixed”, adding that a further probe would be required with respect to some of the allegations against Verma.

 

Meanwhile, Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, appealed for the CVC report to be made public. The CJI reportedly declined Rohatgi’s request.

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CVC begins probe in Gold smuggling case

By IndianMandarins 04 Nov 2018

The CVC has begun probe in gold smuggling case against exiled CBI Chief Alok Verma. CVC on Friday examined four Delhi Police officials in a gold smuggling case filed by CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

 

The complaint filed by Asthana reads, "On April 10, 2016, an Air passenger namely Saurabh Sharma was expected to arrive at IGI Airport New Delhi from Dubai by 9W587 at 9.53 am. Raj Kumar, ACP/IGI Airport had instructed Head Constable Pawan to receive and escort him." CLICK TO READ RELATED STORY.

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Did the HR crises cast shadow on CBI & the Govt?

By IndianMandarins 28 Oct 2018

Indianmandarins has been constantly highlighting for the last few years how the persistent acute shortage of officers in various police and civil organizations has been undermining their optimal performance. Once again, the issue has come to the fore in the faction feud of the CBI top bosses even though politics may be tending to cloud the core structural and HR issues undermining the functioning of CBI.

 

It is believed that had HR issues (inordinate delays in filling-up senior posts) been addressed and resolved well on time, the CBI wouldn't have suffered the kind of faction feud that has exposed it to judicial and public scrutiny. Certainly, the higher-ups failed miserably to sense the crises and foresee the worsening situation which reflected symptoms in March 2017 itself.

 

It may be underlined that any institution or system evolved over decades is always configured with self-remedial powers. Distribution of power plays a crucial role in balancing the ambition and functioning of an organization. Woefully, no government or top CBI officers had ever tried to sort out the managerial and HR issues within the organization.

 

In this context, it is worth underlining that the CBI has been functioning with extremely depleted strengths for over a year; three ADG level and approx 12 Joint Director and few DIG level posts have been vacant.

 

It means that for over a year most of the Joint Director level officers have been holding several additional charges. More additional charges equipped them with vast jurisdictions with limited accountability. It simply went against the principle of ‘distribution of power’ and ‘balance of power’. This triggered off its fallout across the organization and sabotaged the team spirit. Consequently, officers across all ranks - not excluding the chief and his deputy - started working at cross purposes.

 

It is anybody's guess if the government had at all acted in the case of the CBI faction feud if its own prestige and political narrative had not been tarred by the No. 01 & No. 02 exposing each-other's acts of omission and commission. So, after dithering for a while, for the first time ever perhaps, the Govt was constrained to use its extraordinary power under section 4(2) of the DPSE Act and based on the recommendation of CVC (under section 8 of CVC act 2003) it sent the top two on (forced) leave

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CBI: No. 01 & No. 02 sent on leave, Rao interim Director

By IndianMandarins 24 Oct 2018

In a surprise move following the feud between the No. 01 and No. 02 in CBI, the NaMo administration has made Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao (IPS:1986:OR) as interim chief of the investigative agency with immediate effect. Reportedly, the charges of Jt Director Policy & Anti-corruption have also been taken away from A K Sharma (IPS:1987:GJ), a Jt Director level officer who held the charge of ADG level post. 

 

CBI Director Alok Verma (IPS:1979:UT) and and Special Director Rakesh Asthana (IPS:1984:GJ) are said to have been sent on leave. Early morning it was reported that 10th and 11th floor housing the offices of both the officers were seized but later CBI officials informed Indianmandarins that none of the floors and offices were sealed for that matter.   

 

Though Nageshwar Rao is empanelled to hold ADG level post and also holding the additional charge of ADG for last few months but yet to be posted as ADG. Keeping in view the same it is probably for the first time in the history of CBI that a Joint Director rank officer would be functioning as interim chief. 

 

Legal experts believed that CBI chief appointment is under Lokpal Act. His authority is non-transferable till the period of his tenure. Legally this action may be challenged. Delhi CM and AAP leader Arwind Kejriwal has already raised the questions on the development.  

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CBI saga: IPS officers who shattered their dreams

By IndianMandarins 23 Oct 2018

The ongoing controversies appear to have finished the career and reputation of many bright senior IPS officers serving in RAW and CBI. If some well placed sources are to be believed, CBI Director Alok Verma is likely to move suspension against Special Director Rakesh Asthana (IPS:1984:GJ). Reports say that Verma has already called for Asthana's suspension. CBI Chief’s meeting with PM on Monday and further searches in its own headquarter and subsequent arrest of Deputy SP Devender Kumar indicates that few more stern moves may be taken soon.

 

Further, Samant Kumar Goyal (IPS:1984:PB) too, second-in-command in RAW, appears to have shattered his own dream of becoming Punjab DGP. There are rumours that Goyal had assurance from Punjab CM for the coveted post after the extended tenure of the outgoing DGP Suresh Arora (IPS:1982:PB) comes to an end coming December. CBI has named Samant Kumar Goel in the FIR accusing Goyal of facilitating the deal between Asthana and Qureshi. It is said that Samanta also hatched conspiracy to implicate CBI Chief in bribery.

 

Further, sons of former RAW officer are said to have played role as middleman in organising bribery. Manoj Prasad, a Dubai-based investment banker, and his brother Somesh Prasad are the sons of a former officer of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). The FIR was filed on October 15 and Manoj Prasad was arrested the following day. Somesh Prasad has also been charged by the CBI.

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