NEW DELHI After facing flak from the Supreme Court, the federal government has re-appointed senior IPS officer Ravi Kant in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the probe in the high-profile coal blocks allocation case. 

Ravi Kant, a 1998-batch IPS officer of Odisha cadre, will return to Intelligence Bureau after completion of his assignment. 

“Approval of the competent authority is conveyed for reappointment of Ravi Kant, IPS as DIG CBI for the purpose of enquiry and investigation into allocation of Coal Blocks. 

“Ravi Kant, IPS will be reverted back to IB on completion of assigned duties in CBI,” said an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), which acts as nodal department for administrative matters of the investigating agency. 

The DoPT’s directive has been sent to CBI director for necessary action. 

 While hearing a case related to coal blocks allocation, the Supreme Court had on May 8 asked the Centre and the CBI to take immediate steps to repatriate Ravi Kant, who was the investigating officer in the multi-million scam. 

 He was sent to Intelligence Bureau on promotion as Deputy Inspector General (DIG) from Superintendent of Police (SP). 

The CBI had, however, said the officer had completed his tenure in the agency and left because of “family reasons” even though he was given an extension.  CBI has so far registered 11 first information reports in the coal blocks allocation scam.

Courtesy: Press Trust of India