New Delhi: The CBI is facing acute
shortage of officials at senior positions in the absence of
Central Vigilance Commissioner whose vetting is a requirement
for the process even as the agency grapples with number of
sensitive cases handed to it by courts and state governments.
Four promotions at the post of Special Director, four
at Joint Director, Eight at Deputy Inspector General are
pending because of post of Central Vigilance Commissioner is
lying vacant. In addition, two new inductions for the post of
Additional Directors and eight at Superintendent of Police are
also kept on hold.
The CVC`s presence in the selection committee for
these officials is a must as per requirement of Section 26 of
the CVC Act which amends the CBI-controlling Delhi Special
Police Establishment Act.
The Act says new appointments or extensions above the
post of SP in the CBI can only be done by the by a committee
chaired by the CVC and comprising two Vigilance commissioners,
Home Secretary and Secretary (Coordination) in the Cabinet
Secretariat as members.
The committee recommends the appointment, extension or
curtailment of tenure of officers of the rank of SP and above
after consulting the CBI director.
No appointments can be made without the presence of
the Central Vigilance Commissioner. The post of CVC is lying
vacant since appointment of the then Commissioner P J Thomas
was annulled by the Supreme Court on March 3.
The CBI is at present investigating 859 cases across
the country including some high profile ones like spectrum
allocation scam, Adarsh scam, CWG scam, Netai massacre among
others and has 102 officers in the rank of SP and above as
against a sanctioned strength of 161.