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A 1983 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, Rishi Kumar Shukla  has been appointed as the new chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today (Saturday, Feb 2).

The appointment came almost a day after the second meeting of the PM Narendra Modi-led selection committee was inconclusive.

“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,” read a letter by the Department of Personnel and Training.

Rishi Kumar Shukla was the chief of the Madhya Pradesh police till he was removed from his post when the Congress government took charge of the state. He is currently serving as the director general of the police housing corporation.

Shukla has also worked in the Intelligence Bureau. He is also known for his work against terrorism. He will lead the country’s premier investigative agency for two years.

He would take over the charge of the agency from interim chief M Nageswara Rao, who was appointed after CBI director Alok Verma was shunted out. The post had been vacant since the exit of Mr Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter fight with his deputy Rakesh Asthana over corruption allegations.

Verma, after being removed from this post of CBI Director by the PM-led committee, was supposed to take over charge of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards as Director General. However, Verma did not accept the offer and wrote to the government, saying he should be considered as deemed superannuated as he has completed 60 years age of superannuation on July 31, 2017.

He had taken over as the CBI chief on February 1, 2017 for a fixed two-year tenure that ended Thursday. M Nageswara Rao has been working as the interim CBI chief since Verma’s ouster.

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