The Central Government on Saturday appointed Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983-batch IPS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, as CBI’s new director. The former director of CBI, Alok Verma was ousted twenty-two days ago by the Selection Committee comprising the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition and Justice A K Sikri, nominee of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Rishi Kumar Shukla was the Madhya Pradesh police chief until January when he was transferred by the Kamal Nath government as chairman of police housing.
The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet appointed Rishi Kumar Shukla as the new CBI director even as Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress member in the Prime Minister headed selection panel, disapproved of the selection and said that S Javed Ahmed, a 1983-batch UP cadre officer, was more qualified for the post in line with the Supreme Court guidelines and provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act. Mallikharjun Kharge explained his point by saying that Rishi Kumar Shukla had no experience in investigating anti-corruption cases, which he felt should be one of the criterion for selection of the director of CBI.
The new director, Ravi Kumar Shukla will take charge at a time when the agency has been facing unrivalled calamity of credibility the wake of the bitter dispute between former CBI director Alok Verma and his then No. 2, Special Director Rakesh Asthana. The post of the director has remained vacant since 10th January after Alok Verma was ousted by the selection committee and M Nageswara Rao was appointed as the interim CBI chief.