R. K. Raghavan

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R. K. Raghavan
Director Central Bureau of Investigation
In office
4 January 1999 (1999-01-04) – 1 April 2001 (2001-04-01)
Preceded byT. N. Mishra (acting)
Succeeded byP. C. Sharma
Personal details
Raghava Krishnaswamy Raghavan

(1941-04-03) 3 April 1941 (age 80)
Mylapore, Chennai
OccupationFormer CBI director
Known forSIT head in 2002 Gujarat riots Indian High commissioner to Cyprus[2017- present]

Raghava Krishnaswami Raghavan is a former Indian police chief and diplomat. He was the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation from 4 January 1999 to 30 April 2001.[1][2][3][4][5][6] He investigated high profile cases such as the Priyadarshini Mattoo murder case, the 2000 South Africa cricket match fixing, and the 2002 Gujarat riots.[7][8][9][10]

Raghavan was assisted by Ashok Malhotra, a former CBI Deputy Inspector General, and SIT lawyer R. S. Jamuwar, both "outsiders to Gujarat" in the Gujarat riots case.[11][12] In April 2014, the Supreme Court praised the investigations done by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Raghavan and declined to re-constitute another.[13][14][15] He was appointed as India's High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus on 30 August 2017.[16]

Early life and career[edit]

Raghavan's family moved to Mylapore, in Madras, Tamil Nadu when he was aged seven.[17] His grandfather C.R. Srinivasa Iyengar was deputy director of the Department of Agriculture. He has an M.A. in Politics and Public Administration from Madras University, an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Temple University, Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He was a Visiting Fellow at Rutgers University and the Harvard Law School. He is from 1963 cadre. He was also the director of Tamil Nadu Fire Service. Raghavan is a steadfast devotee of Lord Venkateshwara. Raghavan was the director-general of Tamil Nadu's State Vigilance Directorate for six years from 1993 to 1999, overseeing the corruption cases against AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa. In his 15-year stint with the Intelligence Bureau, he was posted to Shillong, Delhi and Chennai. Raghavan became the 19th CBI director in 1999, from a panel comprising Andhra Pradesh police chief H.J. Dora and officiating director Trinath Mishra.[18][19] He headed Interpol in India, and set up India's first cyber crime investigation cell. He was also Corporate Security adviser with Tata Consultancy Services.[20][21][22] He was also consulting adviser in O.P. Jindal's Board of Management.[23] Raghavan later had the SIT constituted by Supreme Court of India to probe 10 riot cases of 2002.[24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33] BCCI later asked Raghavan to probe 2013 IPL scandal.[34][35] He was appointed as India's High commissioner[Ambassador] to cyprus on 30/8/2017[36]


Raghavan is recipient of Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service.


  • Indian Police: Planning, Personnel and Perspectives
  • Policing a Democracy
  • A Road Well Travelled[37]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Krishnan, Murali (18 January 1999). "I'm Used To Political Pressure". outlookindia.com.
  2. ^ "Optimism on speedy 2G spectrum scam trial". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "The Rediff Interview/Former CBI director R. K. Raghavan". rediff.com.
  4. ^ "The CBI director should not blindly obey or blindly oppose the government". Rediff. 3 December 2013.
  5. ^ "For SIT chief Raghavan, law comes above religion". Rediff. 2 April 2010.
  6. ^ Bhagat, Rasheeda. "Archana Ramasundaram is right material to become CBI director: RK Raghavan". The Hindu Business Line.
  7. ^ Mahapatra, Dhananjay (14 August 2012). "NGOs, Teesta spiced up Gujarat riot incidents: SIT". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  8. ^ "I stand vindicated, says SIT chief R. K. Raghavan". The Times of India: Economic Times.
  9. ^ "I will not allow the victims to be let down". The Hindu.
  10. ^ "Full transcript: Stand by my report on no evidence against Modi, says SIT chief RK Raghavan to NDTV". NDTV.com. 10 April 2012.
  11. ^ Dasgupta, Manas. "Fully satisfied with questioning of Narendra Modi, says SIT chief". The Hindu.
  12. ^ "Most of the other cricketers and officials cooperated with us: R. K. Raghavan". India Today.
  13. ^ "Gujarat riots: SC praises SIT probe". Deccan Chronicle.
  14. ^ "Supreme Court junks PIL seeking reconstitution of SIT probing Gujarat riots". The Indian Express. 11 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Gujarat riots: SC refuses plea questioning SIT clean chit to Narendra Modi". Zee News.
  16. ^ "RK Raghavan Indian High Commissioner to Cyprus". indianexpress.com. indian express. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  17. ^ Ramnarayan, Gowri. "Memories of Madras – When simplicity ruled our lives". The Hindu.
  18. ^ "Two sensitive appointments". Frontline.
  19. ^ "His master's voice". The Telegraph.
  20. ^ "TCS News & Events: Event: CII CONNECT 2010". tcs.com.
  21. ^ "Ragging? Not any more". The Hindu. 26 May 2007. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  22. ^ "Someone's checking up on you!". rediff.com.
  23. ^ "Three CBI directors joined Jindal's university". sunday-guardian.com.
  24. ^ "Hate campaigners against Narendra Modi have lost". Rediff. 12 September 2011.
  25. ^ "SIT drew on Jaffrey petition to question Modi on killings". The Hindu. 29 March 2010. Archived from the original on 1 April 2010.
  26. ^ Legal Correspondent. "We'll pursue cause of justice: SIT chief". The Hindu.
  27. ^ "Did Narendra Modi govt pay for SIT chief Raghavan's foreign trips?". The Times of India.
  28. ^ "SIT acts like 'B' team of Gujarat police: Ex-Gujarat top cop". NDTV.com. 6 December 2010.
  29. ^ "Guj riot: 'SIT working hard to beat SC deadline'". The Indian Express. 27 April 2010.
  30. ^ "Guj trials may end in less than a year: SIT chief". The Indian Express. 1 May 2009.
  31. ^ "Ensure protection of Guj riots witness: Setalvad to SIT". The Indian Express. 6 May 2009.
  32. ^ Varadarajan, Siddharth (24 February 2014). "Inscribed In Cold-Hearted Ink". outlookindia.com.
  33. ^ "SIT chief pointed lapses on Modi's part in 2010". IBNLive. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014.
  34. ^ Viswanath, G. "BCCI names panel to probe IPL betting". The Hindu.
  35. ^ "BCCI panel faces conflict issues". Cricinfo.
  36. ^ http://www.mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/28900/dr+rk+raghavan+appointed+as+the+next+high+commissioner+of+india+to+cyprus
  37. ^ "Gujarat Riots: Ex-SIT chief Raghavan's book describes Setalvad, Bhatt as detractors". Deccan Herald. 28 October 2020.