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Former CBI Chief Ranjit Sinha, Who Investigated Key Cases, Dies | India News

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NEW DELHI: Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha (68), who chaired the investigations of politically sensitive cases, passed away early Friday after an illness at his home in Hauz Khas, south Delhi. Sinha, who was unwell for two days, tested positive for Covid on Thursday night.
The 1974 Bihar cadre IPS officer assumed the position of the 26th director of the IWC on December 3, 2012 and retired on December 2, 2014. Prior to this, Sinha served as the general director of ITBP and the Force. of Railway Protection.
As head of CBI, he is said to have given the agency’s director more financial powers after informing the Supreme Court that he had to send all the small files to the government. During its tenure, the CBI also resolved bribery cases involving the CEO of the Board of Censors, a member of the railroad board, and the CEO of a public sector bank.
But these were overshadowed by the “caged parrot” barb that the SC pointed at CBI after it emerged that Sinha had yielded to pressure from the UPA government and shared with then-law minister Ashwini Kumar the Status report of the coal block scam. Investigation. His reputation was further affected after it was revealed that he met “persons of interest” regarding the 2G spectrum probe at his residence. This resulted in CBI removing him from the investigation 12 days before his retirement, and the agency had the uncomfortable task of investigating its own former boss.
Sinha stood firm despite pressure to push the CBI investigation into the case of Ishrat Jehan’s “fake” encounter in a direction that could have had political repercussions in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.
“I’ve only seen my criticism in the last few weeks in the media that I forgot that I have also done another job in 40 years of my career,” Sinha had said the day she retired.
“The Central Bureau of Investigation is deeply saddened to learn of the disappearance of Ranjit Sinha, former director of CBI. CBI extends its deepest condolences and condolences to the grieving family, ”said an agency statement.
Ranjit Sinha had tested positive for Covid on Thursday

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