Rishi Kumar Shukla becomes new CBI Director
New Delhi: Senior IPS Rishi Kumar Shukla has been appointed as the new Director of Central Bureau of Investigation by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Saturday.
According to reports, the 1983-batch IPS officer has been posted as the Director of the top investigating agency of the country for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the office.
“The Appointment 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,” said a notification issued by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet.
Shukla, the former Director General of Police (DGP) of Madhya Pradesh, will take charge from acting director M Nageswara Rao, who took over the post last month after the panel removed Alok Verma. He was chosen over Javeed Ahmed, Rajni Kant Misra, Shivanand Jha, and S S Deswal for the coveted post.
Currently, Shukla is serving as the chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation.
The post of the CBI chief has been lying vacant after Verma was removed unceremoniously on January 10.
Verma was given the charge of Director General (DG) of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards. However, as a protest against the decision of the Selection Committee, he had resigned from his services on January 11.
The former Director of CBI and his No. 2 Special Director Rakesh Asthana had a feud. While the Alok Verma-led CBI booked Rakesh Asthana in a case of corruption, Asthana, in turn, wrote to the government, accusing CBI chief Alok Verma of taking bribes.
Following the Alok Verma-Rakesh Asthana feud, the government was forced to intervene in the matter and had sent Verma on a forced leave. Later, the Supreme Court had brought him back to the post of CBI Director. However, the Selection Committee removed him from the post and appointed him as Director General (DG) of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards.