Senior IPS officer Archana sent to NCRB

Senior IPS officer Archana sent to NCRB

The Centre on Wednesday curtailed senior IPS officer Archana Ramasundaram’s tenure in the CBI and appointed her as director of the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB).

The 1980-batch officer from the Tamil Nadu cadre was the first woman additional director of the CBI but her appointment in February 2014 was mired in controversy after a petition was filed against her in the Supreme Court.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) in its order on Tuesday allowed her to hold director general-level or equivalent post at the Centre and “premature curtailment of her tenure in the CBI”.

The order said the ACC has posted her as director, NCRB, by temporarily upgrading the post to that of director general-level on personal basis for a period of two years. However, the order is “subject to the outcome of the writ petition pending in Supreme Court”, it added.
The apex court would be appraised about the development through an affidavit.

As Archana took charge as additional director in the CBI in May 2014, the Tamil Nadu government suspended her claiming that she had not taken prior permission.

The Centre backed her saying that she had sought permission but the state did not respond, and it can bring in an officer if he/she agrees even if the state has a different opinion. Speculations were rife that there was politics over the Jayalalitha government sitting over her request and subsequent suspension.

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