CBI chief nods off during Modi’s speech

Guwahati: CBI Director Ranjit Sinha was on Sunday seen nodding off during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on the need for “smart policing” at a meeting of top police officers here.

Television cameras showed footage of Sinha apparently taking a nap, ironically at a time when the Prime Minister talked about the need for security personnel to stay alert and be accountable.

CBI spokesperson declined to comment on the footage.

This is the second consecutive day that the CBI chief has been clicked with his eyes shut, the first time yesterday during the speech of Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the at the 49th annual conference of DGPs hosted by the Intelligence Bureau, which was addressed by Modi today.

Interestingly, the Home Minister was telling the high-profile audience that even retired government officials, with their vast experience, can contribute towards ensuring India’s security.

Sinha, who is due to retire on December 2, has been at the centre of a controversy over CBI’s probe in the 2G scam and Coalgate. Sinha has been accused of meeting several people connected with these scams.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court while hearing a petition levelling charges against Sinha, removed the CBI chief from the 2G probe.

“By ‘SMART’ policing, I mean S for strict but sensitive, M for modern and mobile, A for alert and accountable, R for reliable and responsive and T for techno-savvy and trained”, Modi told the officers.

The police force should inculcate these values to ensure best policing which will go a long way in bringing about a new awakening and consciousness, improve its image and work culture, he said.