Alok Verma appointed as new Central Bureau of Investigation Chief

Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma was on  19 January, 2016 appointed as the new 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.

Verma will take over from interim director Rakesh Asthana, who was handed the reins of the investigating agency after former director Anil Sinha retired on December 2. He'll serve for a period of two years.

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Alok Verma, a 1979 batch IPS officer of the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory) cadre, has earlier served as the Director General of Tihar jail.

He has also served Delhi Police in number of positions, including Deputy Commissioner of Police, South District, Joint Commissioner of the Crime Branch, Joint Commissioner of Police, New Delhi Range, Special CP (Intelligence) and Special CP, Vigilance.

He had served as the Inspector General of Police in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Director General of Police (DGP) of Puducherry.  Verma, who is the 27th Director (including two acting chief) of the CBI, has never worked in the central probe agency.

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