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19 Jan 2017

Delhi Police commissioner appointed as the next CBI Director

Delhi Police Commissioner, Alok Kumar Verma, has been appointed the new CBI Director on Thursday.

He was one of the front-runners for the post and has been the Commissioner for the past 11 months.

Verma's selection was reportedly made by a committee comprising of Modi, CJI Khehar and Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge.

He is expected to take charge by the end of this month.

In context

Alok Verma - the new CBI Director

About

Alok Kumar Verma

Alok Kumar Verma, the incumbent Delhi Police Commissioner, is a 1979 batch Indian Police officer: he was appointed commissioner of Delhi Police eleven months ago.

He has previously served as director general of Tihar Jail as well as the Police Chief of Mizoram.

Verma created a record when he promoted 26,000 police officers in December last year: most hadn't been promoted in 2 decades.

Low profile

Verma's tenure as DP Commissioner

Alok Verma's tenure as Delhi police chief has been devoid of major controversies even though several AAP leaders were arrested under him.

Unlike his predecessor, BS Bassi, Verma is believed to keep a very low profile: he has yet to give an interview as Delhi police commissioner and rarely uses his Twitter handle.

Verma is expected to retire in July this year.

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Supreme Court guidelines on CBI director

According to Supreme Court guidelines, it is mandatory to have served in the CBI to qualify as its director. Among three shortlisted candidates, Rupak Dutta, has served in CBI for 17 years as Special Director and Satish Mathur has worked in CBI too.

20 Jan 2017

Mallikarjun Kharge against Alok Verma's appointment

Out of the 3 member collegium that chose Alok Verma as the new CBI chief, Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of Congress in Lok Sabha had given a dissenting note for his appointment.

His note stated that the CBI chief's selection must be on the basis of both seniority and merit.

He also claimed that the government had delayed sharing the names of candidates.

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