Who was Ranjit Sinha?
Ranjit Sinha was an Indian Police Service officer of the 1974 batch and was the former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation. He was born on 27 March 1953 (Passed away on 16 April 2021 ). He has also worked in Central Reserve Police Force as IG (Operations) in Srinagar and IG (Personnel) in Delhi.
He was the Director General of Police of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Director General of the Railway Protection Force before joining as the CBI Director in December 2012 for a two-year tenure. He has also served in senior positions in the CBI in Patna and Delhi.
Sinha had earlier held important positions in CBI including the post of Joint Director and Deputy Inspector General. He has been associated with the investigations of a number of sensitive and important cases of national and international ramification. He was selected based on the procedure laid down by CVC Act 2003 and had a tenure of two years. He was selected by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
Ranjit Sinha Early life
Sinha was born in Jamshedpur and trained to be a geologist from the Patna University but joined the Bihar cadre of the Indian Police Service (IPS) when he was 21 years old. He is married to Reena, daughter of an IPS officer, Gajendra Narain.
Ranjit Sinha Family
He was born and raised in Patna. His father Mr. N. S. Sinha worked with the Bihar State Government and retired as Commissioner Sales Tax. His mother’s name was Madhuri Sinha. He has three siblings with the eldest sister Sarojini Sinha married to 1968 batch IRS officer Mr P.K. Sinha. Two younger brothers Anand Sinha and Anjani Sinha.
He has one daughter and one son The daughter is married to an IAS officer of Chhattisgarh cadre, the son is pursuing career in law abroad.
Appointment as CBI chief
The Prime Minister of India chose Ranjit Sinha as the CBI chief over Sharad Sinha, the Director, National Investigation Agency, and Atul, Director General, Uttar Pradesh who were recommended by the Central Vigilance Commission as he was senior to the other two.
The Director General of Delhi Police, Neeraj Kumar, who had brilliantly cracked important cases during his 9 years in the CBI, went to court against the non inclusion of his name in the panel prepared by the CVC, but later withdrew his case.
Ranjit Sinha Political links
He is seen to be close to Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo, who kept the post of the Director-General of the Railway Protection Force unfilled for three months till Sinha was appointed to the post.
He also accepted that he is friends with Yadav, stating that Lalu was his boss both in the state of Bihar and the Indian Railways, and hence, they have good interpersonal relations.