Rakesh Asthana takes charge as new CBI director

Photo of Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana.

New Delhi: The Additional Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Rakesh Asthana has been appointed today as the agency’s interim director, as the tenure of current director Anil Sinha ended today.

The current CBI Director Anil Sinha retired from the post handing over the charge to his second-in-command who was the Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana, as the government did not name any full-time chief.

The Department of Personnel and Training in an order said, “The competent authority has approved assignment of additional charge of the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to Rakesh Asthana, IPS, Additional Director, CBI with effect from the date of relinquishment of charge by Anil Kumar Sinha, IPS on completion of his tenure with immediate effect and until further orders.”

Interestingly, this is for the first time in last 10 years that no new CBI chief has been named to succeed an incumbent. Sinha completed his two-year tenure today.

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The chief of CBI is selected through a collegium comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition or largest party in opposition in Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India.

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