With CBI Director Anil Sinha demitting his office today, the government has announced its decision to make Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre 1984 batch IPS officer in charge of the premier probe agency of the country. Asthana was made incharge as the government could not finalise the name for the new CBI director till now. The panel which chooses the CBI director from among eligible IPS officers is yet to meet to select the new director. It comprises the PM, leader of opposition and the Chief Justice of India.
Outgoing director Anil Sinha is leaving behind several sensitive cases, like Augusta Westland case. Asthana was the investigative officer in the Sabarmati terror case in Godhra in which accused have been convicted. Recently R K Dutta, who was serving as Special Director and was considered as one of the successors to Sinha, was shifted to the Home Ministry as Special Secretary, raising speculation that Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana, an Additional Director in CBI, might take over from Sinha on temporary basis, The TOI has quoted a source as saying.
The report further said that the Home Ministry officials have rejected suggestions that Dutta was transferred from CBI to appointment someone favoured by the government to lead the probing agency.