IPS Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, chief of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), has been appointed as Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a period of 2 years.
Earlier in the day, two candidates, who were said to be the front runners for the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), were dropped after Chief Justice of India NV Ramana cited a Supreme Court guideline on appointment of police chiefs.
According to sources, CJI Ramana pointed out the top court’s guidelines in the Prakash Singh case of March 2019, which made it clear that no officer with less than six months to retirement, should be appointed as police chief.
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The source said that the CJI Ramana was insistent on this point, and he also got support from Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, which made the Prime Minister to follow his demand.
With the citing of the SC order by the CJI, it was made clear that NIA chief YC Modi, who is set to retire at the end of May and Rakesh Asthana, who is currently heading the BSF and all set to retire in July this year, were out of race for the top post of the CBI.
Sources said that YC Modi and Asthana were among the top contenders for the post of Director, CBI.