Rakesh Asthana appointed as Interim Director of CBI

Dec 5, 2016 17:09 IST

Senior IPS officer Rakesh Asthana was on 3 December 2016 appointed as the Interim Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He was given this additional charge by the Union Government following retirement of Anil Sinha.

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This was the first time in last 10 years and second time in the CBI’s history that no new Director was named to succeed an incumbent.

About Rakesh Asthana
• He is a 1984 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Gujarat Cadre.
• Before this appointment, he was serving as Additional Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation itself.
• He served as the commissioner of police of Vadodara and Surat region.
• He headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) while it was probing the Godhra train incident of February 2002.

About Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

• It is the chief investigative police agency in India and derives its power from the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946.
• It was established in 1941 as the Special Police Establishment and was later renamed as CBI in 1963.
• It has its headquarters in New Delhi and serve the motto of 'Industry, Impartiality, Integrity'.
• It is headed by Director who should be an IPS officer of DGP rank. The director is selected as per the provisions of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) Act, 2003.
• The CBI Director is selected by a collegium comprising Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and Leader of Opposition or leader of the largest party in opposition in Lok Sabha.


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