Pradeep Kumar will take over as the Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC).
Sharma, a 1976 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer from Bihar Cadre, is now working as the Secretary for Financial Services in the Finance Ministry. Prior to this he has also served in the Ministry of Defence as Director General (Acquisition).
Officials have beeb reported as confirming the appointment.
Reports indicate that until he takes over as the Defence Secretary he may be appointed as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Defence Ministry in the rank and pay of Secretary with immediate effect.
Shekhar Agarwal, took over as the new defence production secretary. He is a 1997 batch IAS officer and in his new capacity replaces Raj Kumar Singh, who has earlier in July taken charge as the Home Secretary in place of Gopal Krishna Pillai.