NEW DELHI: Newly-appointed CBI chief Rishi Kumar Shukla took charge of the probe agency on Monday.
“A 1983-batch IPS officer RK Shukla took over charge as director of the CBI this morning”, CBI spokesperson Nitin Wakankar said.
According to the decision taken by the appointment committee of the cabinet, 1983-batch IPS officer Shukla will have a fixed tenure of two years.
The committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Justice A K Sikri deputising for the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.
Earlier, Mallikarjun Kharge had opposed Shukla’s appointment, saying that the officer has no experience of the anti-corruption investigation.
The Committee had shortlisted Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Sudeep Lakhtakia, S Javad Ahmad, AP Maheshwari besides Shukla.
Alok Verma was ousted from CBI on January 10, since then M Nageswara Rao was serving as the interim Director.
On January 10, a high-powered committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed Alok Verma as the CBI Chief and appointed him as DG, Fire Services, Civil Defence, and Home Guards.
On January 11, Verma submitted his resignation to Home Minister Rajnath Singh after refusing to take charge of the post assigned to him.
RK Shukla took charge at a time when the agency is busy in a dirty war with the Kolkata Police which has spiralled into a political fight between the Centre and West Bengal government.