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Jaiswal, O.P. Singh, Modi front runners in CBI chief hunt (IANS Special)

IANS  |  New Delhi 

A day after was ousted as the Director, of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has expedited its exercise to shortlist the final names from among some 10 General level IPS officers for the agency's top post, people familiar with the matter said.

The list included the names of senior (IPS) officers selected in 1983, 1984 and 1985.

Leading the race are Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, a 1985-batch IPS officer, Uttar Pradesh General of Police and (NIA) Y.C. Modi, informed sources said.

After the DoPT chooses the names of at least three or four officers for the Director's post, they would be sent to the comprising the Prime Minister, Justice of and the of in the Lok Sabha to decide the final pick for a fixed term of two years.

As Verma's tenure was to end on January 31, the final decision is expected to be announced before or within the last week of this month.

A who asked not to be named said a list of 17 officers had sent to DoPT in December 2018 for selection as

Another officer, seeking anonymity, told IANS that the DoPT was in the process of shortlisting the names of officers on the basis of matters such as experience in investigating anti-corruption cases, prior experience of working in CBI, handling vigilance matters in cadre and integrity.

According to guidelines set by the in 2004, officers from the four oldest serving batches of the IPS will be in contention for the top post.

By virtue of seniority and experience in probing anti-corruption cases, the list of officers from the 1983 batch included (Internal Security) in the Rina Mitra, UP and (CRPF)

Some prominent names from the 1984 batch are NIA Modi, (NSG) Sudeep Lakhtakia, and A.P. Maheshwari, Director of and Forensic Sciences S. Javeed Ahmed, (BSF) Director General and (ITBP) chief

Police Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, a 1985-batch IPS officer, is also in contention.

While and Modi have long experience of working in the CBI and anti-corruption branches, has a clear edge, informed sources said.

has served in (R&AW) and worked for the Centre as to before joining as Police of

Besides Rina Mitra, and from the 1983-batch and Jaiswal, others are batchmates of CBI Rakesh Asthana, who is now fighting a legal battle to quash a FIR against him filed by his own agency.

The process to decide the name of the new was speeded up on Thursday after Verma was unceremoniously removed by a Prime Minister-led committee, capping a saga of his battle with his deputy Asthana that led to a bitter end to his long career.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 20:50 IST