New Delhi, Dec 3: Anil Kumar Sinha on Wednesday took over the reins of CBI at a time when the agency is facing criticism from courts over its handling of probe in coal allocation and 2G scams.
A 1979-batch IPS officer, Sinha was appointed CBI director late on Tuesday night. He has been appointed for two years.
Anil Sinha, who will succeed outgoing chief Ranjit Sinha, is the Bihar cadre IPS officer.
According to reports, Sinha’s appointment came within hours of a meeting of a panel comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and the CJI.
The committee had reportedly short-listed the names of two 1979 batch police officers, Sinha and National Investigation Agency chief Sharad Kumar, to lead the premier agency, but Modi picked his name and ordered his appointment.
Anil Kumar Sinha will succeed Ranjit Sinha, who after having a tumultuous tenure of two years as the CBI chief retired on Tuesday.
(With Agency Inputs)