New Director Rishi Kumar Shukla will have a huge task to restore credibility of CBI


New Delhi: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Selection Panel on Saturday appointed 1983-batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IPS officer Rishi Kumar Shukla as the new Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Shukla is the former Director General of Police (DGP) of Madhya Pradesh. He will have a fixed tenure of two years during which he will have a huge task to restore the credibility of the premier investigating agency of the country. He will have a task to complete probe into the Agusta Westland scam, 2G scam, coal scam, Sarada chit fund scam, charges against former Union Minister P Chidambaram and ICICI chief Chanda Kochhar case among many other crucial cases.

The new appointment came after several rounds of meetings of the Selection Committee also comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and leader of largest opposition party Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge as members.

The crucial post was lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Alok Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter fight with his deputy Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges.

“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has, based on the panel recommended by the Committee constituted as per Section 4A(1) of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, approved the appointment of Shri Rishi Kumar Shukla, IPS (MP: 1983) as Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) vice Shri Alok Kumar Verma, IPS (AGMU: 1979), for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the office,” read a letter by the Department of Personnel and Training.

Recently, the Supreme Court has expressed displeasure over the inordinate delay in appointing a regular CBI Director.

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