Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Y C Modi on 18 September 2017 was appointed the new Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The order regarding the appointment was issued by the Union Ministry for Home Affairs.
Modi will replace Sharad Kumar, who is will retire on 30 October 2017.
Modi is an IPS officer of the 1979 batch of the Haryana cadre. He had also been part of a Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed 2002 Gujarat riots case. He has also served as the Additional Director General of Police in Shillong, and Additional Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
About National Investigation Agency
• The National Investigation Agency is a central agency established by the Indian Government to combat terror in India.
• It acts as the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency.
• It is empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states without special permission from the states.
• The NIA came into existence with the enactment of the National Investigation Agency Act 2008 by the Parliament of India on 31 December 2008.
• The agency was created after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks as need for a central agency to combat terrorism was realised.
• The founding Director-General of NIA was Radha Vinod Raju.
Who: Y C Modi
When: 18 September 2017