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Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma appointed CBI chief

Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma has been appointed as Director CBI for a period of two years. PM Modi approved the appointment of Verma on Thursday.

The Supreme Court was on Tuesday informed about that the issues relating to the selection of the new chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation will be cleared very soon.

The post of CBI director is lying vacant for over one month following Anil Sinha’s retirement on December 2. Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana was serving as the interim director of the investigating agency during this period.

The decision of to appoint Verma was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led selection committee, consisting of Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.

Verma has been selected from a list of about 45 eligible IPS officers, of which the top contenders were Krishna Choudhary, Aruna Bahuguna and SC Mathur.

Choudhary and Bahuguna are 1979 batch IPS officers of Bihar and Telangana cadre respectively. Choudhary is Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force and Bahuguna is Director of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad. Mathur, a 1981 batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre, is Director General of Maharshtra Police.

This is a developing story. Further details awaited.

With PTI inputs