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Delhi’s Police Commissioner Alok Verma is new CBI chief

THE ASIAN AGE. | PRAMOD KUMAR
Published : Jan 20, 2017, 5:22 am IST
Updated : Jan 20, 2017, 6:37 am IST

Currently Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer of 1984 batch, is holding additional charge of director CBI.

Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma
 Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma

New Delhi: Delhi police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma has been appointed director of the country’s premier investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation. The post of director CBI was lying vacant for over a month following Anil Sinha’s retirement on December 2.

Currently Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer of 1984 batch, is holding additional charge of director CBI.

This newspaper had first reported on December 26, 2016, that Mr Verma was the front-runner for the post. Mr Verma is the second Delhi police commissioner to become director CBI after Raja Vijay Karan.   

Mr Verma’s name was cleared by a three-member selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprising Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar and Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.

CJI Kharge is understood to have recorded his dissent note on Mr Verma’s name during the meeting of the selection committee held on January 16, on the ground that the officer had never served in CBI.

Mr Verma made it to the top post in the premier investigating agency pipping a number of contenders, including director general of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Krishna Choudhary, director general of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Archana Ramasundram and Maharashtra’s director general of police S.C. Mathur.

“The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved the appointment of Verma as the new CBI director. His appointment will be for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of his office,” said the press release issued by the department of personnel and training.

Mr Verma, 59, a 1979 batch IPS officer of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, took over as Delhi police commissioner on February 29, 2016.

Mr Verma, 59, who belongs to Delhi, has worked in various positions with Delhi police, in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Mizoram and in the Intelligence Bureau. Before being appointed Delhi’s police commissioner, he was director general of Tihar prisons here. Mr Verma is the 27th director (including two acting chiefs) of the CBI.

Tags: alok kumar verma, cbi, jagdish singh khehar, rakesh asthana
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi