Former CBI chief Ranjit Sinha, who tested Covid positive, dies
Guwahati: Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha passed away on Friday morning in Delhi, after he tested positive for COVID-19. He was 68.
Reportedly, officials said that he was confirmed positive for coronavirus on Thursday night and breathed his last on the wee hours of Friday.
Sinha, a 1974-batch officer of the Bihar cadre and who cracked the coveted UPSC examination at the age of 21, had taken over as the CBI chief in 2021.
He also headed the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force, the Railway Protection Force, and served at senior positions in the Central Bureau of Investigation in Patna and Delhi.
Sinha was courted by controversy several times during his career, the prime being the coal block allocation scam in which he was accused of influencing the probe in the scam as the agency’s director.
His tenure was easily the most tumultuous of a CBI director in recent years. He landed in one controversy after another in 2014. He also had a tiff with the Intelligence Bureau over the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.