New Delhi: Ranjit Sinha officially took charge as the new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director on Monday for two year. The 59-year-old's appointment was clouded in controversy with the Opposition crying foul.
Sinha, who was the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Director, has served as the CBI's joint director in its anti-corruption unit. He also headed the Railway Protection Force and served at senior positions in the CBI in Patna and Delhi.
An MPhil from Indian Institute of Public Administration in New Delhi, Sinha is an avid reader and writer and regular contributor on police-related issued in various journals and magazines. A recipient of Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, Sinha has served as SSP at Ranchi, Madhubani and Saharsa districts and also as DIG of naxal-affected Magadh Range in Bihar.
He has also served in CRPF as IG (Operations) in Srinagar and IG (Personnel) in Delhi. Sinha's name was cleared by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from a panel of three IPS officers shortlisted for selecting the next head of the country's premier investigating agency.
A Central Vigilance Commissioner-headed selection committee had shortlisted three senior IPS officials including Sinha, Director General of National Investigation Agency SC Sinha (Haryana:1975), and UP DG (Home Guards) Atul (UP:1976) for consideration for the post.