Anil Kumar Sinha has been named the new CBI Director (Central Bureau of Investigation Director). Anil Sinha, a 1979 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, will succeed the outgoing Bihar cadre CBI director Ranjit Sinha. Just weeks before retirement Ranjit Sinha was removed by the Supreme Court from the 2G Scandal, with the evidence produced showing his involvement to tamper the probe investigations.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet comprising of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Justice of India H L Dattu cleared his name for the post of new CBI Director.
Sinha has earlier held several important positions in his State cadre in Vigilance & Anti Corruption, Administration, Special Branch & other Divisions as SP, DIG, IG & ADG. He has served as Additional Director General of Police (Law & Order) and thereafter as Additional DG, he also headed the Vigilance Investigation Bureau. He has been associated with the investigations of a number of sensitive cases, including a large number of trap cases and Disproportionate Assets Cases against corrupt public servants that ended in convictions of the accused persons and also in confiscation of their ill gotten property.
He was honoured with
- Police medal for meritorious service in 2000.
- The President’s police medal for distinguished service in 2006.
Sinha possess a post-graduate degree in psychology and an MPhil degree in strategic studies. He has also attended the prestigious Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.
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This is the first time, the new CBI director has been appointed by the PM chaired selection panel amended by Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act on the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act (DSPE). Earlier the panel was headed by the central vigilance commissioner.
Recently, both Houses of Parliament approved another amendment to DSPE Act, according to which the leader of the single largest party in Lok Sabha to co-chair on the selection panel for CBI director, when no leader of opposition was attained. (The Congress had just won just 44 seats instead of 55 seats (10% of the total strength in the house) which created a scenario with no leader of opposition).