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A day after Alok Verma resigned as the CBI Director, search for the next CBI Chief has begun, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) shortlisted the final names from among some 10 Director General level IPS officers for the agency's top post.
According to media reports, the list included the names of senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers selected in 1983, 1984 and 1985. Leading in the race are, National Investigation Agency chief YC Modi, Border Security Force chief Rajni Kant Mishra, external intelligence agency R&AW special secretary Vivek Johri and Central Industrial Security Force chief Rajesh Ranjan.
UP police chief OP Singh, a 1983 batch IPS official, and Mumbai police commissioner Subodh Jaiswal, a 1985 batch IPS official too are being discussed as possible contenders but they have never served in CBI earlier, which might prove a handicap in their appointment.
“All four have them served in the CBI earlier, which goes in their favor,” said a senior government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The final decision is expected to be announced before or within the last week of January as Alok Verma’s Tenure was to end on January 31.
Another officer, seeking anonymity, told IANS that the DoPT was in the process of shortlisting the names of officers on the basis of matters such as experience in investigating anti-corruption cases, prior experience of working in CBI, handling vigilance matters in cadre and integrity.