Amid Crisis in Kolkata, Rishi Shukla Takes Charge as CBI Director

The selection committee has PM Modi, CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge as its members. 

Updated05 Feb 2019, 02:13 AM IST
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IPS Rishi Kumar Shukla took charge as the new CBI director on Monday, 4 February, amid the ongoing tussle between the central investigating agency and the Kolkata police.

On Saturday, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge sent a dissent note on Shukla's appointment, citing the officer's lack of experience in anti-corruption investigations.

Attorney General KK Venugopal on Monday also filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court against activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan for allegedly scandalising the court with his recent tweets on the appointment of former interim chief of CBI M Nageshwar Rao.

  • IPS Officer Rishi Kumar Shukla was appointed as the new CBI director on Saturday, 2 February
  • The announcement came after the second meeting of the PM-led panel
  • The Supreme Court on Friday had expressed displeasure at non-appointment of a regular CBI director
  • After being reinstated by SC on 8 January, Former CBI Director Alok Verma was removed by the PM Modi-led panel on 10 January

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2:27 PM, 16 Jan

CBI's Asthana Moves Delhi HC, Asks for Correction in Judgment

CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana moved an application in Delhi High Court on Wednesday, 16 January, seeking correction in the recent judgment which refused to quash an FIR against him. The application by Asthana will be heard on Thursday, reported ANI.

Asthana was booked on charges of criminal conspiracy, corruption and criminal misconduct under sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.

In its recent judgment on 11 January, Delhi High Court had dismissed Asthana’s plea which sought quashing of FIR filed against him in an alleged bribery case.

The FIR also names CBI’s Deputy Superintendent Devender Kumar and alleged middleman Manoj Prasad.

2:26 PM, 17 Jan

Centre Curtails Tenures of Rakesh Asthana, 3 Other Officers

In a notification released on Thursday, 17 December, the government has curtailed tenures of Rakesh Asthana, AK Sharma, M K Sinha and Jayant J Naiknavare working in CBI with immediate effect.

The notification undersigned by Deputy Secretary to the Government of India Kavitha V Padmanabhan was released on the day Asthana had sought correction in a judgment by the Delhi High Court.

According to sources, Asthana has been transferred to Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, AK Sharma has been transferred to CRPF as Additional Deputy General (ADG) and MK Sinha to Bureau of Police Research and Development.

Amid Crisis in Kolkata, Rishi Shukla Takes Charge as CBI Director
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6:01 AM, 21 Jan

CJI Refuses to Hear Plea Challenging Nageshwar Rao’s Appointment

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi recused himself from hearing a plea challenging Nageshwar Rao’s appointment as the interim director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday, 21 January.

9:09 AM, 21 Jan

AK Bassi Moves SC Challenging Transfer Order

CBI officer AK Bassi has moved the Supreme Court challenging his transfer to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, reported News18.

Bassi has alleged that the transfer order seeks to prejudice the probe into allegations against Rakesh Asthana.

Bassi was transferred to Port Blair on 24 October by an order signed by interim CBI Director Nageshwar Rao.

Published: 16 Jan 2019, 02:41 PM IST