Neeraj Kumar withdraws claim for CBI top post
New Delhi: A day after senior IPS officer Ranjit Sinha was appointed as the next CBI director, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Friday withdrew his plea from CAT against the government`s decision to not consider his name for the top post in the probe agency.
A bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) comprising Chairman Syed Rafat Alam and member R C Panda allowed Kumar`s counsel to withdraw the application, observing that with the appointment of Sinha, a 1974-batch IPS officer and current Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Director General, the plea has become infructuous.
"Application dismissed as withdraw," the bench said.
Kumar had moved the tribunal aggrieved over non-inclusion of his name among the three officers shortlisted by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) for being considered for the post of the next CBI Director.
Kumar, a 1976 batch IPS officer, in his application had questioned the procedure for picking the three officers and excluding his name for the top post in country`s premier investigating agency.
The CVC-headed selection committee had cleared a panel of three senior IPS officers--Sinha, DG of National Investigation Agency S C Sinha (1975-batch IPS officer of Haryana cadre) and former Uttar Pradesh DG Atul (1976-batch IPS officer of UP cadre).
An official order had yesterday said Sinha has been appointed as CBI Director for a "period of two years from the date of assumption of office". He will take over from the present CBI Director A P Singh who is retiring on November 30.
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