Former Maharashtra DGP and 1985 batch officer from Maharashtra cadre Subodh Kumar Jaiswal has been appointed as the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Jaiswal is at present the director-general of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). He had been sent on central deputation a year ago
He was appointed by a high-powered committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The other members of the committee were Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Congress Lok Sabha floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) issued the order on Tuesday evening and Jaiswal will have a tenure of two years. The decision came following a 90-minute long meeting and Congress leader Chowdhury allegedly opposed the process.
Additional Director Praveen Sinha was earlier appointed as the interim chief of CBI and the post had been lying vacant since February.
Jaiswal when he was the DGP of Maharashtra often clashed with the Shiv Sena government. He had opposed the policy of transferring officers before the completion of their two-year term.
CBI director’s earlier stint
He had earlier served in the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad, the Maharashtra police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT), and the state reserve police force. He has also worked with the Special Protection Group (SPG) and India’s external intelligence agency the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).
The other contenders for the post were IPS officers Y C Modi, Rakesh Asthana, and S S Deswal but were not selected since they were due to retire in six months.
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