28 July, 2021

'I'm Used To Political Pressure'

CBI chief R.K. Raghavan finds himself in the hot seat with a long list of sensitive cases at hand

'I'm Used To Political Pressure'
Raghava Krishnaswami Raghavan bears no grudge that it has taken him seven years to finally get to where he should have been a long time ago a plum Central posting. It was a cruel twist of fate which forced the newly anointed CBI director to wait in the wings. Along the way, Raghavan has weathered his share of storms he was first charged by the Verma Commission with failing to control access to Rajiv Gandhi, then denied promotion, refused empanelment for selection to any Central government post, and further rebuffed by not being awarded the President's Police Medal last year.

So when the government selected Raghavan of '63 vintage as the 19th CBI director from a panel comprising Andhra Pradesh police chief H.J. Dora and officiating director Trinath Mishra last fortnight, there was a feeling of disbelief. The system is cruel and wooden. But then my position has been vindicated and I harbour no rancour, he said, soon after assuming charge. But also didn't forget to mention: Some of my juniors have even bypassed me.

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