Praveen Sood, the Director General of Police of Karnataka, has been appointed as the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by a high-powered selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will hold the position for two years, succeeding Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, whose tenure will end on May 25. The announcement of Sood’s appointment was made on May 14 by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions.
Who is the new CBI Driector Praveen Sood?
- Praveen Sood, a 1986-batch IPS officer of the Karnataka state cadre, has been appointed as the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a period of two years by a high-powered selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Sood was appointed as Karnataka DGP in January 2020, superseding Ashit Mohan Prasad, who was from the previous batch.
- He is originally from Himachal Pradesh and holds a BTech degree in civil engineering from IIT-Delhi.
- Sood started his career in the police as an Assistant Superintendent of Police in Mysuru in 1989. He later served as the SP of Bellary and Raichur before becoming the DCP of Bengaluru city (law and order).
- He went on foreign deputation as a policy advisor to the Government of Mauritius for three years starting in 1999, where he worked closely with European and American police.
- In 2003, Sood took a sabbatical to pursue a PG in Public Policy and Management from IIM-Bangalore and Maxwell School of Governance, Syracuse University, New York.
- He was posted as Commissioner of Police of Mysuru in 2004, where he focused on transforming the chaotic traffic situation and played a key role in the arrest of Pakistan-origin terrorists.
- Sood was posted as Commissioner of Police in Bengaluru in 2017, where he launched ‘Namma 100’ – an emergency response system for citizens in distress – and was instrumental in launching the ‘Suraksha’ App and ‘Pink Hoyasala’ managed by women cops, especially for women and children in distress.
- Although his term as Bengaluru Commissioner was for one year, he was transferred in seven months by the government led by the then chief minister Siddaramaiah.
- Sood has been decorated with the Chief Minister’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Service in 1996, the Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2002, and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2011.
- The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is the premier investigating agency of India, which operates under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions.
- It was established in 1963 by the Indian government to investigate serious crimes, including high-profile corruption cases and economic offenses.
- The agency is headquartered in New Delhi, with branch offices located across India.
- The CBI is headed by a Director, who is appointed by the Central Government based on the recommendation of a high-powered selection committee.
- The Director of the CBI has a tenure of two years and can be extended for another two years.
- The CBI is empowered to investigate offenses related to corruption, economic crimes, special crimes, and cases referred to it by the central and state governments.
- It also has jurisdiction over cases involving public servants, employees of central public sector undertakings, and nationalized banks.
- The CBI has been involved in several high-profile cases, including the Bofors scandal, the 2G spectrum scam, the Coal allocation scam, and the Vyapam scam.
- The agency is also responsible for coordinating with international law enforcement agencies on matters of mutual interest.
Who appoints a CBI Director?
- The panel responsible for selecting the Chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) includes the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, and the Chief Justice of India.
- The appointment process was established by the Supreme Court’s Vineet Narain judgment in 1997 and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act of 2013.
- The Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act of 1946 underwent changes due to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, of 2013.
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Who is the new CBI director?
Which ministry controls CBI?
The CBI operates under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions, which is headed by the Union Minister who is responsible for matters relating to personnel management, policy, and reforms for the central government employees.