CBI Gets First Woman Additional Director, TN Government Irks

The appointment of TN cadre senior police official Archana Ramasundaram as additional director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has hit rough weather as the Tamil Nadu government has suspended the IPS officer on charges of “deserting office”. 

Before proceeding to join the CBI at short notice, Ramasundaram had sent a letter to the Chief Secretary Mohan Verghese Chunkath,saying she was proceeding to Delhi to take up the new post. 

However, the state government, reportedly, had not given the formal permission on her request to be relieved from the current posting as director general of police/chairperson, Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services’ Recruitment Board. 

The government is also contemplating disciplinary action against Ramasundram, sources said. The suspension order also stipulated that the Indian Police Service officer will have to be here during the period the order is in force. 

Ramasundaram was appointed in the CBI post in February. She had then requested the state government to relieve her but before a decision could be taken, the model code of conduct for the general elections came into force. 

On May 7, she received a letter from the Union Government’s Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT), asking her to take charge immediately, as high-level supervisory rank post in the CBI could not be kept vacant for long. 

Following which, Ramasundaram took charge as additional director in CBI without in receipt of state government’s clearance. 

A case is also pending against Ramasundram’s appointment in the Supreme Court. Filed by senior journalist Vineet Narain, the plea has challenged her selection to the CBI by questioning her choice over RK Pachanda, who was recommended by the selection committee. 

Ramasundaram is a 1980 batch officer from the Tamil Nadu cadre. She already had a stint in CBI as DIG and also as joint director.

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