Archana Ramasundaram, Director General of Police and Chairperson of Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services’ Recruitment Board (TNUSRB), was on Friday appointed as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Additional Director. The Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre (1980 batch) will be the first woman to occupy the post in the probe agency.
Sources said her name was strongly recommended by CBI Director Ranjit Sinha and was cleared by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
She had earlier done a stint with the CBI, where she served as Deputy Inspector General while on deputation to the Central government cadre. She later became CBI’s first woman Joint Director. During her tenure she handled various cases pertaining to economic offences from 1999 to 2006.
Archana returned to the State cadre in 2006 and was promoted as Additional Director General of Police. She served in various specialised State agencies, including Economic Offences Wing, Administration and CID.
She was later elevated to the rank of Director General during November 2012 and posted as the Chairperson of TTNUSRB. During her tenure in Tamil Nadu CID, she was instrumental in compiling a book of important cases investigated by the agency for 104 years from 1906 to 2010. Prominent among cases investigated by her was the Telgi stamp paper scam.