"We will be submitting our reply soon in response to a petition filed before the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of one lady IPS officer as Additional Director," CBI Director Ranjit Sinha said.
The CBI was made a party by the Supreme Court in response to a PIL filed by journalist Vineet Narain who claimed the selection process of the Additional Director had been vitiated
with the government appointing Archana Ramasundaram, a 1980 IPS batch officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, as Additional Director in the agency.
However, CBI may mention in its petition that all clauses laid down by the Supreme Court, including seniority and integrity clause, were followed in appointing Ramasundaram. The CBI Director said the larger picture was about the selection procedure.
"The views of a captain for selection of his team should at least be taken," Sinha said.
The CBI would request the Supreme Court to review the selection procedure for officers at Additional Director and Special Director level in the agency. The CBI director is only a special invitee in these appointments and his observations are not recorded.
Ramasundaram, who joined the CBI on May 8, has been restrained by the Supreme Court from carrying out the functions of Additional Director until July 14 when the court hears the matter again.
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