Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, an IPS officer and the chief of Central Industrial Security Forces, has been appointed as the chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation for a two-year period.
The government notification came this evening after a series of meetings between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Justice of India and opposition leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
Mr Jaiswal is a 1985-batch IPS officer of the Maharashtra cadre. He held the top post in the Mumbai police and subsequently was the police chief of Maharashtra before being called for central deputation earlier this year. He has not served in the CBI, though he had been part of the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
Mr Jaiswal has had long stints in the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) — almost a decade in this second one –but, interestingly, no experience in the CBI.
In Maharashtra, he probed the Telgi stamp paper scam case before it was taken over by the CBI. He then headed the State Reserve Police Force, following which he joined the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad.
The veteran officer headed the Maharashtra State Intelligence Bureau at the time of the Mumbai terror attack of 2008. He closely liaised with US agencies in the aftermath of that incident. It was under his supervision that the Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon violence cases were investigated before being transferred to the NIA.