Senior IPS officer Rishi Kumar Shukla on Saturday was appointed as the new CBI Director.

The directive came just four days after he was shifted from the post of Madhya Pradesh DGP by the Kamal Nath government to the Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation.

Shukla, a 1983 batch officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre. He had taken charge as the Madhya Pradesh police chief in June 2016.

According to a decision taken by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, the new Director will have a fixed tenure of two years.

Since the ouster of Verma, M Nageshwar Rao was serving as the interim director. The new appointment comes at a time when the premier investigative agency has been mired in a major controversy following an open fight between Alok Kumar and former special director Rakesh Asthana. The fight had prompted the government to intervene and in October both of them were sent on leave.

The top post at the central intelligence agency had fallen vacant on January 10 when incumbent Alok Verma was transferred as DG Fire Services. 

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