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Former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha passes away at 68

Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha. File photo   | Photo Credit: RAJEEV BHATT

Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Ranjit Sinha passed away in the early hours of Friday. He was 68.

It is learnt that Mr. Sinha, a 1974-batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, was tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

He earlier headed the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Railway Protection Force. He was appointed the CBI chief in December 2012 for a fixed tenure of two years.

During his stint in the CBI, the Supreme Court had in 2013 observed that the agency was a “caged parrot that speaks in its master’s voice”. Mr. Sinha had then said: “Whatever Supreme Court said is correct.”

In 2017, pursuant to a Supreme Court directive, the CBI had registered a case against Mr. Sinha for alleged abuse of authority to scuttle inquiries, investigations and prosecutions in the coal block allocation cases.

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