IPS officer Rishi Kumar Shukla has been appointed as the new Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The decision was taken during a meeting of the panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge are other members of the panel.
A letter dated February 2, 2019, read, “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.”
Shukla is former Director General of Police in Madhya Pradesh. He is Madhya Pradesh cadre officer. He is 1983 batch IPS officer. Shukla joins at a time when CBI is going through a leadership crisis.
According to sources, ignoring the objections raised by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee, on the names of probable contenders proposed by the government, the Centre zeroed down on Shukla, a 1983 batch officer.
His appointment came after the high-level selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi met twice in the last nine days to select the name from a list of over 70 candidates for the investigating agency’s top job.
The post of the CBI chief has been lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Alok Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges.