NEW DELHI: Senior IPS officer YC Modi today took charge as the new NIA chief and succeeded Sharad Kumar.
Modi was also part of a Supreme Court-appointed team that probed the 2002 Gujarat riots cases. In an official statement, the counter terror probe agency said, Yogesh Chander Modi, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, took over as Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
He succeeded Sharad Kumar, a 1979 batch IPS officer of Haryana Cadre, who completed his tenure. Modi will hold the post till his superannuation on May 31, 2021, according to an order from the Department of Personnel and Training. He was named as NIA head on September 18.
Modi takes over the NIA at a time when it is probing the funding of separatists and stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan-based terrorist groups. Previously, Modi had joined the NIA as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) on September 22. Before that he was posted as Special Director with the CBI. Modi was appointed Additional Director of CBI in 2015.
Modi was part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the Gujarat riots cases in August 2010 and remained part of the team till July 2012. The SIT had cleared Narendra Modi, who at that time was Gujarat Chief Minister, in the Gulbarg Society massacre case. According to NIA, Y.C. Modi in his career spanning over 33 years, has extensive experience of investigation, intelligence and operations.