A Home (SC) Department order of the state government said in Chennai that "whereas disciplinary proceedings" against her were contemplated, Ramasundaram, a Tamil Nadu cadre officer, was being placed "under suspension with immediate effect."
"It is further ordered that during the period that this order shall remain in force, the Headquarters of Tmt (Mrs) Archana Ramasundaram, IPS, shall be Chennai," the terse order said tonight.
It did not give out any further detail.
Sources said Ramasundaram has been suspended for reportedly not following rules prior to joining the new post. 56-year-old Ramasundaram's name was cleared by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Ramasundaram is the first woman to be elevated to the rank of an add'l director
Her name was recommended by CBI Director Ranjit Sinha to the Department of Personnel which oversees the functioning of the agency.
Ramasundaram is the first woman to be elevated to the rank of an Additional Director of CBI. She was also the agency's first woman Joint Director, handling cases pertaining to economic offences between 1999 and 2006, which includes Telgi stamp scam.
However, her appointment to CBI as its Additional Director has generated quite a controversy as the agency locked horns with Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and Home Ministry over the choice.
CVC and the Union Home Secretary had recommended another officer who was opposed by the CBI Director. A PIL was filed in Allahabad High Court challenging her appointment as Additional Director.