Ahmedabad: It is not news when state government officers are deputed to central government duties, as, according to the rules of Indian civil services, about 10 percent of the former can be transferred to different central agencies. But after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, he has made efforts to ensure that the central government has good officers. As a result, five Indian Police Service (IPS) officers from the Gujarat cadre have been posted in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). This is the first such instance of the agency having these many Gujarat cadre officers.
After Modi’s elevation in 2014, first A.K. Sharma was transferred to the CBI. Rakesh Asthana, Raghvendra Vats and Gagandeep Sharma followed in the investigating agency. Most recently, Praveen Sinha joined their ranks.
It is to be noted that Asthana was a superintendent in the CBI when it was investigating Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam, in which the former Bihar chief minister has been convicted in three cases till date. Now, on his second deputation with the agency, Asthana will be investigating the financial wrongdoings by the RJD chief during his tenure as Union railways minister in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by the Congress party.
When the Supreme Court of India handed over the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case to the CBI and the name of Amit Shah—now the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national president—cropped up during the investigation, the BJP had termed the agency the “Congress bureau of investigation” and had gone so far as to call it a caged parrot. The same agency is now being filled with officers from Gujarat.