Maharashtra IPS officer Subodh Kumar Jaiswal is new CBI director
Jaiswal, who is currently the Director-General of CISF, will have a tenure of two years.
Maharashtra IPS officer Subodh Kumar Jaiswal will be the new Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The name of the 1985 batch officer was shortlisted after a series of high-powered meetings chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The appointment committee also comprises Chief Justice of India NV Ramanna and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
According to media reports, the names of two much-discussed contenders -- Rakesh Asthana and Y C Modi -- dropped out of contention after the Chief Justice of India N V Ramana mentioned a 2019 Supreme Court ruling on such appointments.
The chief justice reportedly that the rule of law was important and cited the March 2019 Supreme Court ruling by then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in the Prakash Singh case, which directed that no officer with less than six months left in retirement should be appointed as a police chief.
The post of CBI director has been vacant since the then incumbent Rishi Kumar Shukla retired on February 4 after a two-year stint. The charge for the post was handed to Additional Director Praveen Sinha, a 1988-batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer, till a formal appointment was made.
Officer who probed high-profile cases
Jaiswal, who is currently CISF Director General, will have a tenure of two years. He has earlier served in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the Special Protection Group (SPG).
During his career, Jaiswal has investigated many high-profile corruption cases in his home cadre. He probed the Telgi stamp paper scam before the CBI took over the case.
He was part of the investigation into the Mumbai serial blasts of 2006 and the Mumbai terror attacks of November 26, 2008.
Jaiswal, who also served in Pune as an Additional Police Commissioner and was part of the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad too, has supervised many criminal case probes. He was involved in the Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon violence case investigations which were later taken over by the NIA.