IPS Officer Rishi Kumar Shukla Takes Charge As The New CBI Director

| February 4 , 2019 , 14:47 IST

Newly appointed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief Rishi Kumar Shukla on Monday took charge of the agency. He took charge a day after CBI's officials clashed with Kolkata Police over the questioning of Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar that has led to a face-off between WB and central governments.  

RK Shukla, a 1983-batch IPS officer, took charge as director of the CBI this morning, CBI spokesperson Nitin Wakankar said. The arrival of 58-year old Shukla, a former DGP of Madhya Pradesh and an Intelligence Bureau veteran, as a full-fledged director is likely to bring some sort of order in the agency that has moved the Supreme Court to challenge the action of West Bengal government in ponzi scam cases.

A perplexed interim CBI chief M Nageswara Rao was seen scrambling resources to counter the state police's action which not only detained a CBI team which went to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, but also cordoned off the agency's office at CGO complex in Salt Lake city.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had started a dharna on Sunday evening protesting against the alleged highhandedness of the Centre and insults meted out to her by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah. Banerjee's reaction was triggered when a team of CBI officials arrived unannounced at the doors of the Kolkata police chief to question him in connection with Saradha and Rose Valley scams.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has defended the Kolkata Police Commissioner, who has been accused of destroying evidence related to the Saradha chit fund scam.

The West Bengal police took the action as the agency officials failed to produce any warrant, state police officials said.