Former Madhya Pradesh Police chief Rishi Kumar Shukla was on Saturday appointed the chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a fixed tenure of two years, according to a Personnel Ministry order.
He has been appointed in place of Alok Kumar Verma, who was removed from the post of CBI Director
on January 10.
The appointment comes following two meeting of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee held on January 24 and February 1.
Shukla's name was short-listed during the second meeting of the selection committee held on Friday.
The development assumes significance as on Friday, the Supreme Court had said it was "averse" to the arrangement of an interim CBI Director
and the Centre should "immediately" appoint a regular chief
of the probe agency.
The post of CBI
Director is "sensitive" and "important", and it is not good to keep an interim director of the agency for longer period, the top court observed and sought to know as to why the government has not made the appointment yet.
The post of the CBI chief has been lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer
Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges.
Both Verma and Asthana had accused each other of corruption.
M Nageswara Rao has been working as the interim CBI chief after Verma's ouster.
Friday's meeting was held at the prime minister's residence -- that lasted for over an hour -- and attended by Chief Justice of India
Ranjan Gogoi and Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge, who is the leader of the largest opposition party in Lok Sabha.
Verma, after being removed from the post of CBI director by the PM-led panel, was named as the Director General of Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards -- a less significant portfolio.
Verma did not accept the offer and wrote to the government, saying he should be considered as deemed superannuated as he had 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.