CBI joint director Lakshminarayana, who has been on leave for 10 days to attend an international conference in South Africa has extended his leave by 20 days.
However, sources in Delhi said that the JD was given an extension of one year. This is the first time in the CBI history that a joint director gets extension twice.
Lakshminarayana, who returned to Delhi from South Africa on Sunday night, is said to have met senior officials at CBI headquarters on Monday morning.
A top officer in CBI headquarters confirmed that the CBI Hyderabad unit chief would continue for one more year.
This has put to rest the speculations that he may opt out of the key assignments in the wake of the campaign gaining momentum against him ever since his personal call list was made public, according to sources.
His interaction with selective media in connection with the probe into the disproportionate assets case of YSRC Party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy dragged him into a controversy that snowballed into major issue with the AP High Court questioning the propriety in doing so.
While dealing with a public interest litigation (PIL), Justice Ghose asked whether the CBI manual permitted an investigation officer to interact with the media on a case that was under investigation.
The YSRCP leadership made public his call list, thus exposing his prolonged interaction with one of his old time friends, Vasireddy Chandrabala, who in turn was proved to be in touch with the head of a vernacular daily.
The joint director lodged a complaint with the police seeking action against those responsible for making public his call list, at a time when he was dealing with the most sensitive cases.
Around this time, he had gone on 10-day leave giving scope for speculations of shifting him out of the state. But sources said the top cop went to South Africa to participate in an International Intelligence Officers’ conference.