2 days left, CBI chief still play­ing it safe

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - Ra­jesh Ahuja

NEW DELHI: Though only two days are left of his ten­ure as the CBI di­rec­tor, Amar Pratap Singh is still cau­tious with his words. Maybe it has some­thing to do with the fact that his postre­tire­ment plan is still very much de­pen­dent on the government.

Singh dis­misses talk of be­ing made a mem­ber of the NHRC as a ru­mour. Other re­ports of be­ing of­fered the post of UPSC mem­ber are also dis­missed. But what­ever may be the of­fer, it is still be­tween him and the Cen­tre.

"I will re­lax, travel and play golf," is all Singh re­veals when asked about his post-re­tire­ment plans. He also steers away from mak­ing con­tro­ver­sial state­ments when asked about the ap­point­ment of his batch­mate (both are 1974 batch IPS of­fi­cers), Ran­jit Sinha, as his suc­ces­sor. “The se­lec­tion was un­der the SC-man­dated process.”

But why does ev­ery po­lit­i­cal party have some­thing to say about Sinha’s ap­point­ment? “Well, it’s an im­por­tant post, and ev­ery­one has in­ter­est in it,” he added.

Singh had a mixed record as the CBI chief. If the 2G in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the Aarushi-Hem­raj mur­der probe were the high­lights of his ten­ure, it was un­der his watch that the probe into the CWG scam crum­bled.

When asked if the BJP is un­happy with him, Singh said, “The op­po­si­tion par­ties have a feel­ing that the CBI works un­der government pres­sure. But it's a false per­cep­tion. Our probes are mon­i­tored by HCs and SC.”

Any un­fin­ished agenda? “I could not fast-track around 200 cases that the agency had iden­ti­fied as mat­ters which needed a push. Be­sides that, I wanted to make the CBI multi-dis­ci­plinary,” Singh said.

Amar Pratap Singh

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