There’s a lot of interest among people to know who exactly is part of this chosen Special Investigation team of the CBI on whom the whole family of Sushant Singh Rajput, as well as several of the new stakeholders who keep coming out every day, have pinned their hopes.
The team consists of top-level CBI officers who are part of the Anti-Corruption Unit VI of the agency. As per reports, this particular unit is famous for investigating high-profile cases, such as Vijay Mallya, Coalgate (coal scam) and AgustaWestland. This very team had also successfully extradited Christian Michel, the middleman in the AgustaWestland case, from Dubai.
Who are the members of this chosen CBI team?
Manoj Shashidhar – Joint Director
Shashidhar, a 1994 batch IPS officer, is the senior-most cop on the probe team. He took over as the Joint Director of CBI in February 2020. Shashidhar has in the past served as the Vadodara Police Commissioner in the Ahmedabad Crime Branch, Joint Commissioner of Police of Ahmedabad, and as the Superintendent of Police in five districts across Gujarat. Some of the prominent cases that he has handled are Vijay Mallya and AgustaWestland.
Gagandeep Gambhir – Deputy Inspector General
Gambhir is a 2004 batch Gujarat Cadre IPS officer who has served as the Senior Superintendent of Police in several districts across the state. She joined the CBI in 2016 and has been part of many high-profile cases such as Vijay Mallya and illegal mining scam involving former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav.
Anil Kumar Yadav – Additional Superintendent of Police
Yadav is a 2018 batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IPS officer who has been involved in the investigations into the Commonwealth Games scam, Shopian rape case and the Vijay Mallya case. He has also probed the suspicious death of MBBS student Namrata Damore in connection with the Vyapam scam. Yadav, who originally hails from Madhya Pradesh, is a recipient of the 2015 Police Medal.
Nupur Prasad – Superintendent of Police
Prasad, a 2007 batch IPS officer, hails from Salempur village in Bihar’s Tekari. She has previously held the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shahdara in Delhi. Known as the supercop of the investigating agency, Prasad has probed several murder cases and online financial scams. She too was part of probe team that investigated the Vijay Mallya and AgustaWestland cases.