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Rakesh Asthana, Investigating Officer Of AgustaWestland, Appointed Special Director Of CBI

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| October 25 , 2017 , 11:26 IST

Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat-cadre IPS officer has been appointed on as the special director of the CBI on Monday.  

Asthana is one of the 8 police officers promoted by the cabinet committee, according to a notification by the Department of Personnel and Training.  
 
Asthana is currently an additional director in the CBI and handling several important probes including the AgustaWestland scam and cases related to corruption in Delhi government. 
 
After this promotion, Asthana is now the second senior-most officer in the central anti-corruption agency after CBI director Alok Verma.
 
 
A 1984-batch IPS officer Javeed Ahmed who served as the DGP of Uttar Pradesh was also known for his police modernisation projects such as the 'Twitter Seva' in the state, was given the rank of special DG at the Centre. 
 
Ahmed, a former CBI joint director who was earlier posted at the NICFS (National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science) under the home ministry, has been promoted and given the rank of special DG on 'in-situ' basis, the notification read. 
 
In addition, 1984-batch IPS officers Sudeep Lakhtakia, Telangana cadre, Deepak Mishra, AGMU cadre, have been promoted as special DGs in the CRPF. 
 
Both were serving in the force as additional DGs, the notification read. 
 
A P Maheshwari, UP cadre, and Rajesh Ranjan, Bihar cadre have been promoted as special DGs in the force, both were from 1984-batch IPS officers and earlier were holding the posts of additional DG in the BSF.
 
Gurbachan Singh, Odisha cadre, and Arvind Kumar, 1984-batch IPS officers, who were posted as additional directors in the Intelligence Bureau,  have been given the ranks of special director. 
 
Gurbachan Singh has been appointed against an existing vacancy whereas Arvind Kumar has been awarded the rank and pay of special director on 'in-situ' basis, notification read.