Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma has been named as the new Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Verma’s was chosen for the post by a three-member selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar and Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge were also part of the panel.
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 Krishna Choudhary and Maharashtra’s Director General of Police SC Mathur.
As CBI chief, Verma will have a fixed two-year tenure.
The post of director in the CBI was lying vacant for over one month following Anil Sinha’s retirement on December 2.
Currently, Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana is holding the position of the interim director of the investigating agency. Asthana’s appointment to the position of interim chief was questioned by the Congress party with its Lok Sabha leader Kharge even writing to the Prime Minister.
The matter had also reached Supreme Court after an NGO moved plea challenging the government move. Government counsel had then assured the court that a decision will be soon arrived at.
Sources said that a list of about 45 eligible IPS officers had been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office for consideration as the next CBI director.
Verma, 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.
59-year-old Verma, who belongs to Delhi, has worked in various positions in Delhi Police, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, Mizoram and in the Intelligence Bureau.
Before being appointed as Delhi Police Commissioner, he was Director General of Tihar Prisons.
(With inputs from PTI)