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Rakesh Asthana is the new CBI special director

Rakesh Asthana is the new CBI special director
23 Oct 2017
  • Rakesh Asthana, Gujarat cadre IPS officer who has probed high-profile cases like the AgustaWestland scam and corruption in the Delhi government, has been made the CBI special director.
  • Asthana, currently an additional director in the CBI, is now the second senior-most officer in the agency after director Alok Verma.
  • Apart from him, seven other IPS officers of the 1984 batch have been promoted.

  • Asthana briefly served as CBI interim chief last year
    Profile
  • Among Asthana's many cases were the Sabarmati Express burning and the Bihar fodder scam.
  • Asthana, who's believed to be close to the Gujarat government, has served as the police commissioner in Vadodara and Surat, and as CBI's interim chief after Anil Sinha's retirement last December.
  • He is among over 30 Gujarat officers who have been moved to Delhi after Narendra Modi came to power.

  • When Asthana became the subject of an SC hearing
    Controversies
  • Asthana's appointment as CBI interim chief was challenged in the SC as many felt he was too junior even to be considered a candidate.
  • His appointment allegedly circumvented the need to call a selection committee meeting and also built an opportunity to make Asthana the CBI chief later.
  • The SC asked why he was appointed after cutting short the tenure of a senior officer.

  • The other seven promotions apart from Asthana
    Promotions
  • Deepak Kumar Mishra and Sudeep Lakhtakia (both presently CRPF ADGs), and AP Maheshwari and Rajesh Ranjan (both presently BSF ADGs) have been made special DGs in their respective forces.
  • Gurbachan Singh and Arvind Kumar, both IB ADGs, have also been promoted to senior director.
  • Meanwhile, UP DGP Javeed Ahmed, former UP DGP and former CBI joint director, is now special DG at the Centre.



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