The CBI has dropped its plan to posthumously honour the first chief of the Special Police Establishment (SPE) -- a precursor organisation to the CBI.
The investigating agency had plans to invite the family of Khan Bahadur Qurban Ali Khan -- an officer of the former Indian police (IP) in undivided India -- who was the first chief of the SPE. The CBI planned to honour him posthumously on April 6, during the agency’s golden jubilee celebrations.
The agency had approached the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs for the requisite procedures. Sources said that a few former bureaucrats had voiced a negative opinion on Khan’s role post-partition, which led to the agency cancelling the plan.
The CBI is set to celebrate its 50th foundation year at a function to be held here on Saturday. As part of the celebrations, President Pranab Mukherjee would unveil the Golden Jubilee logo and deliver the 14th DP Kohli Memorial Lecture on ‘Good Governance: Empowering Institutions, Society and Public’. On the occasion, he would also present police medals for distinguished services to CBI officers as wells as give the DP Kohli award for the best detective constable of the agency.
The DP Kohli Memorial lecture is organised in honour of CBI’s founder director D P Kohli, who held the post from 1963 to 1968.