New Delhi: The 1985 batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, who has been serving as CISF DG, was appointed CBI director on Tuesday. His name was selected from the shortlist of three officers — the other two being SSB chief Kumar Rajesh Chandra and special secretary in home ministry V S K Kaumudi — cleared by the PM-led selection committee on Monday.
Jaiswal, who was the senior-most officer in the panel, will have a tenure of two years from the date he assumes charge as CBI chief, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
The name of three officers was approved by the high-powered selection committee — comprising PM Narendra Modi, CJI N V Ramana and leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury — after the CJI cited an eligibility rule regarding minimum six-month remainder term, based on a 2019 Supreme Court ruling that, ironically, pertained only to state DGP appointments. The criteria eliminated several hopefuls, including BSF DG Rakesh Asthana and NIA DG Y C Modi.
While Asthana is due to retire on July 31, Modi superannuates at the end of this month. The three on the shortlist approved by the selection panel were the senior most officers left in the reckoning after those with less than six months of tenure remaining were eliminated.
The CBI director’s post has been vacant since early February when Rishi Kumar Shukla’s tenure ended. Additional director Praveen Sinha has been serving as the interim chief since.