C.V. Narasimhan, IPS topper in 1948, passes away

C. V. Narasimhan  

C.V. Narasimhan (90),considered the senior-most IPS officer in the country, passed away following a brief illness in a private hospital here on Friday.

In his career spanning 35 years in the police department, Mr. Narasimhan held different positions such as the Director, Central Bureau of Investigation, Member Secretary, National Police Commission and Directorate, Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption.

In 1948, he topped the first national competitive examination in the IPS category, and bagged the President's Revolver Prize for the ‘best cadet’ at the National Police Academy in Mount Abu.

First officer

In 1974, he became the first IPS officer to be posted as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, a post to which only IAS officers were considered.

While in his tenure in the DVAC, Mr. Narasimhan played a key role in drafting the Vigilance Manual, the first of its kind, which is followed to this day.

8 voluminous reports

As Member Secretary of the National Police Commission, he was part of the team that prepared eight voluminous reports in 1979-81 formulating fundamental reforms in the police force. Though the recommendations were not implemented, some of them, including formation of State Security Commission and fixed tenure for the State Director General of Police, came into force many years later based on the direction of Supreme Court in the Prakash Singh case. A ‘Handbook on Law’ compiled by him was published by the Centre and remained a reference book for all police stations in the country.

Mr. Narasimhan was recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1964 and President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 1972.

Leading the Indian delegation to an Interpol convention at Stockholm in 1977, he chaired a crucial session where a consensus was evolved among several countries on international cooperation in the investigation of economic crimes.

In the erstwhile Madras Presidency, Mr. Narasimhan began his career as Assistant Superintendent of Police in Kakinada and Kurnool. Among the high profile cases he handled in his career were the cases against the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi after her electoral defeat.

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