Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma was on Thursday appointed as the next chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
His appointment was approved for a period of 2 years by a three-member selection panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprising Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar and Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge as members, Indian Express reported.
The post of CBI director was lying vacant for over one month following Anil Sinha’s retirement on December 2.
Alok Verma, a 1979 batch IPS officer, is AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory) cadre officer and has served as the Director General of Tihar jail.
Verma’s name was proposed by the government on grounds of seniority and supported by the Chief Justice of India (CJI).
Conventionally CBI Director is selected by a panel comprising of PM, CJI and the opposition leader.
Two days back, Newsd has reported that Varma’s selection was opposed by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge because Verma lacked experience and government doesn’t spend enough to study the profile of all three candidates.