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3 of 4 IPS officers superseded by Tapan Deka as IB director moved out of intelligence agency

Amitabh Ranjan and Manoj Lal have been repatriated to their cadres, while Manoj Yadav has been posted as director general (investigation) in National Human Rights Commission.

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New Delhi: Three of four top Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers superseded by batchmate Tapan Deka last month when he was appointed IB director have been moved out of the bureau.

The three officers are from the 1988 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS) and were serving as special directors in the IB.

According to government orders accessed by ThePrint, two of them — Amitabh Ranjan and Manoj Lal — have been repatriated to their cadres, while the third, Manoj Yadav, has been posted as director general (investigation) in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The order for the premature repatriation of Ranjan came Monday, while Lal and Yadav were posted out of the IB last week. Lal is an AGMUT-cadre officer, while Yadav is of Haryana cadre and Ranjan of Tripura cadre. Lal has been posted as director general (DG) of police in Puducherry, while Ranjan is yet to get a posting in his cadre.

The Modi government has empanelled at least eight officers of the 1988 batch, who were serving in the IB for years, as DG this year. It has also empanelled 24 officers from the batch to the rank of director general of police or equivalent across central government organisations.

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Matter of seniority

IB director Deka is junior (in terms of age and rank) to four officers of the 1988 batch — Anish Dayal Singh, Manoj Yadav, Manoj Lal, and Amitabh Ranjan.

Prior to his promotion, Deka, too, served as special director in the IB. Anish Dayal Singh of Manipur cadre is still serving in the post.

Subsequent to Deka’s promotion, the four officers had sought “respectful rehabilitation” in other police organisations.

Three vacancies at the DG-level across central government agencies — in the National Investigation Agency, the National Police Academy, and the Sashastra Seema Bal — were all filled up last month.

(Edited by Nida Fatima Siddiqui)

Also read: 4 senior batchmates superseded by Tapan Deka to IB chief post seek ‘respectful rehabilitation’

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