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Rishi Kumar Shukla appointed as new CBI director

Rishi Kumar Shukla, 1983 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was on February 2, 2019 appointed as the new chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation.  He will be serving for a fixed term of two years.

Feb 3, 2019 13:22 IST
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Rishi Kumar Shukla, 1983 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, was on February 2, 2019 appointed as the new chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).  He will be serving for a fixed term of two years.

Shukla's appointment to the post was approved by a high-level committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The IPS officer has previously served as the DGP of Madhya Pradesh.

About Rishi Kumar Shukla

Shukla, a 1983-batch IPS officer, was till recently serving as the Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation in Bhopal.

He had been recently transferred from the post of Director General of Madhya Pradesh Police to the police housing corporation.

His appointment as new CBI chief comes after two meeting of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee held on January 24 and February 1.

His name was short-listed during the second meeting of the selection committee on February 1.

He has been appointed in the place of former CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma, who was removed from the post on January 10.

Significance

The development assumes significance as on February 1, the Supreme Court had said it was "averse" to the arrangement of an interim CBI Director and the Centre should "immediately" appoint a regular chief of the investigation agency.

While observing that the post of CBI Director is "sensitive" and "important", and it is not good to keep an interim director of the agency for longer period, the top court sought to know as to why the government has not made the appointment yet.

Background

The post of the CBI Director has been lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges. Both Verma and Asthana had accused each other of corruption.

Following Verma's ouster, M Nageswara Rao was serving as the interim CBI chief.

Verma, after being removed from the post of CBI director by the PM-led panel, was named as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards, a less significant portfolio.

Hence, he did not accept the offer and wrote to the government, saying he should be considered as deemed superannuated as he had completed 60 years age of superannuation on July 31, 2017.

Verma had taken over as the CBI chief on February 1, 2017 for a fixed two-year tenure.

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