Rakesh Asthana to take over new CBI chief today
New Delhi, Dec 2: Rakesh Asthana will take over as the new director of the Central Bureau of Investigation. He takes over from Anil Sinha who retires today. Asthana is a 1984 batch IPS officer from Gujarat.
On Thursday, Asthana was made in charge of the CBI. He was elevated two days back when Special Director R K Dutta was moved to the Home Ministry as a Special Secretary. This was for the first time that such a post had been created in the Home Ministry.
"The competent authority has approved assignment of additional charge of the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to Rakesh Asthana, IPS (GJ: 1984), Additional Director, CBI with effect from the date of relinquishment of charge by Anil Kumar Sinha, IPS (BH:1979) on completion of his tenure with immediate effect and until further orders," an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training said.
The CBI chief 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.