Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Joginder Singh passed away earlier today after a prolonged illness.
Born on 12th October 1939 in Khajur Wala village (now in Pakistan), he did his Masters in 1961. He joined the Indian Police Service at the age of 20 in 1961.
Singh, who was the CBI director for between 1996-97 was an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. Before joining the CBI, Singh’s profile included top posts such as Superintendent of Police in Bihar, DIG and IG Police in Karnataka, Director of Youth Services in Karnataka, Special Home Secretary to the Government of Karnataka, Director, Ministry of Commerce, Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau, Director General, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force, Special Secretary in the Union Home Ministry and many others.
During his 11-month stint as the CBI Director, Singh was under constant attack from politicians, judiciary, executives and the media. He was shunted as the Special Secretary in Home Ministry.
Known for his forthright views, in October, 2014, Joginder Singh had called the agency a puppet in the hands of the government. He told Hindustan Times, "The governments at the Centre actually guide the agency on how to work. The cases are opened and closed with change of guard at the Centre. The CBI receives written orders from influential politicians and ministers on what to do and what not to do. Not only the sanctioning of cases is planned, the interference and abnormal pressure disrupts the investigation against the accused as well.” However, he had rushed to the defence of former PM Manmohan Singh and said that he never interfered in any probe by the agency.
Singh, who was selected for the Indian Police Service at the age of 20, also authored various inspirational books including ‘Make a Way Where There is None’, ’50 Days to Top’, ‘Inside CBI’, ‘Police Ke Kahani Meri Zabani’, among various others. Singh was also known for his articles, features and columns, on the subjects of terrorism, corruption, good governance, that were carried in national dailies like The Pioneer, The Free Press Journal, Navbharat Times and others in different languages. He has also handled terrorism and security issues as IG CRP, both in Punjab and Kashmir for some five years. During this stint, he has served as a head of CBI both on ground level and for investigation.
Singh was been conferred the awards of Panth Rattan, Delhi Rattan and Punjabian DI Shan. His other awards included Millennium Sikh Gold Award and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sadbhavana Award.
His cremation will happen tomorrow at 1 pm at the Lodhi Crematorium in New Delhi.