Current affairs update, CBI Director Appointment – A high-powered panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has issued the notifications for the appointment of Sri Subodh Kumar Jaiswal as Chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Chief Justice of India Justice Mr. NV Ramana, and Congress leader Mr. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary were also part of the panel.
Subodh Kumar Jaiswal is a 1985-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer is currently serving as the Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) – the paramilitary force primarily tasked to guard major Indian civil airports and vital infrastructure in the aerospace and nuclear domain. Jaiswal will be at the helm of the CBI for two years, or until further orders.
CBI Additional Director Praveen Sinha, a 1988-batch IPS officer of Gujarat cadre, was appointed the acting chief of the agency after Rishi Kumar Shukla completed his two-year tenure on February 3.
Profile of New CBI Director Mr. Subodh Kumar Jaiswal
- Born on September 22, 1962 in Dhanbad (now in Jharkhand), Jaiswal studied at CMRI branch of the De Nobili School in Jharkhand.
- He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from DAV College in Chandigarh and an MBA from Panjab University.
- He joined the Indian Police Service in 1985 at the age of 23 and was allotted the Maharashtra cadre.
- During a career that has spanned 35 years, Jaiswal has been known as a low-profile officer who has donned many hats in Maharashtra and on central deputation.
- He started his career as an Additional Superintendent of Police, Amravati, Maharashtra in 1986. As the Superintendent of Police in Gadchiroli district of the state, Jaiswal was also known for carrying out successful anti-Naxal operations.
- Jaiswal headed the 2003 High Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed Abdul Karim Telgi’s multi-crore fake stamp paper scam which was later taken over by the CBI. He was then the head of Maharashtra State Reserve Police Force.
- He has also served in the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad by virtue of which he was in the team that investigated the 2006 Malegaon bombings, a series of bomb blasts in Maharashtra’s Malegaon town.
- In his previous assignments, Jaiswal worked with the Special Protection Group (SPG) that secured then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He has had stints in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), the country’s external intelligence agency.
- He was with RA&W for nine years, including three years as an additional secretary.