"Subodh Kumar Jaiswal appointed CBI Director for two years"

27th May,2021

"Subodh Kumar Jaiswal appointed CBI Director for two years"

The Union government late on Tuesday night appointed Maharashtra cadre IPS officer of 1985 batch, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, currently Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), as CBI Director for two years.

“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has, based on the panel advised by the committee constituted as per Section 4A(1) of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946, approved the appointment of Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, IPS (Mh-1985) as Director of CBI for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the office,” a government notification said.

Mr. Jaiswal is widely experienced, having served as Maharashtra Director-General of Police, prior he was made the CISF chief, and also served in the CBI earlier.

The government has picked him from a panel of three officers shortlisted by the Prime Minister led high selection committee compriseing of the Chief Justice of India as well as leader of the largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha. Other two officers shortlisted were Special Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs V.S.K. Kaumudi and another IPS officer of Bihar cadre K.R. Chandra.

initially on Monday, the selection committee held a 90-minute meeting to discuss the names and finalise the officer to be appointed as the chief of the country’s premier investigation agency.

During the meeting, it is learnt that the Chief Justice insisted that any officer to be considered should have six months’ tenure left in the service, which led to dropping of two most trusted officials of the government: NIA chief Y.C. Mody and BSF chief Rakesh Asthana — both were front-runners to be next CBI chief, given their closeness to the political bosses in the regime.

Interestingly, this is for the first time that the rule of six months’ term was applied in the appointment of the CBI chief.