Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Selection Committee on Saturday appointed Madhya Pradesh DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla (1983 MP cadre) as the new CBI Director.Â
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shukla as the new CBI Director for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the office. His appointment came after the high-level selection committee met twice in the last nine days to select the name from a list of over 70 candidates for the investigating agency's top job.Â
The 1983 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Rishi Kumar Shukla, was the 28th director general of Madhya Pradesh police.
Shukla had earlier headed the MP police housing corporation.
The development assumes significance as it comes a day after the Supreme Court 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 a longer period, the top court observed and sought to know as to why the government has not made the appointment yet.
Earlier on Friday, the second meeting of the PM-Modi led panel on CBI chief's selection remained inconclusive. The panel had earlier met on January 24 but could not decide on the CBI chief.
Friday's meeting was attended by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
The post of the CBI chief has been lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Alok Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter fight with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges.
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 has 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.Â