The Central government has appointed Rishi Kumar Shukla as the CBI Director.
Mr. Shukla, a 1983-batch IPS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, has been appointed for a two-year term.He will take over from M. Nageshwar Rao, who took charge as the interim director from Alok Kumar Verma on October 24.
Mr. Rao’s appointment triggered a series of court cases and was seen as the fallout of a tussle between Mr. Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana for the past one year.
Here are five facts about the new CBI director Rishi Kumar Shukla:
- Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983 cadre officer, was the chief of the Madhya Pradesh police. He was removed from his post when the Congress government took charge of the state.
- Rishi Kumar Shukla is currently serving as the director general of the police housing corporation.
- The officer has also worked in the Intelligence Bureau.
- Rishi Kumar Shukla is also known for his work against terrorism. He will lead the country’s premier investigative agency for two years.
- He would take over the charge of the agency from interim chief M Nageswara Rao, who was appointed after CBI director Alok Verma was shunted out. The post had been vacant since the exit of Mr Verma, who had been engaged in a bitter fight with his deputy Rakesh Asthana over corruption allegations.
Central Bureau of Investigation
The Central Bureau of Investigation traces its origin to the Special Police Establishment (SPE) which was set up in 1941 by the Government of India. The functions of the SPE then were to investigate cases of bribery and corruption in transactions with the War & Supply Deptt. Of India during World War II. Superintendence of the S.P.E. was vested with the War Department. Even after the end of the War, the need for a Central Government agency to investigate cases of bribery and corruption by Central Government employees was felt. The Delhi Special Police Establishment Act was therefore brought into force in 1946. This Act transferred the superintendence of the SPE to the Home Department and its functions were enlarged to cover all departments of the Govt. of India. The jurisdiction of the SPE extended to all the Union Territories and could be extended also to the States with the consent of the State Government concerned.
The DSPE acquired its popular current name, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), through a Home Ministry resolution dated 1.4.1963. Initially the offences that were notified by the Central Government related only to corruption by Central Govt. servants. In due course, with the setting up of a large number of public sector undertakings, the employees of these undertakings were also brought under CBI purview. Similarly, with the nationalisation of the banks in 1969, the Public Sector Banks and their employees also came within the ambit of the CBI.