The appointment committee, comprising PM Modi, Chief Justice Chandrachud, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, has selected Praveen Sood, the current DG&IGP of Karnataka Police, as the new director of CBI. The ACC has approved Sood’s appointment based on the panel’s recommendation, although the official order is still pending. ACC has approved his appointment based on the panel’s recommendation, but the official order is pending.
The director of the CBI serves a fixed two-year term. Sudhir Saxena, Director General of Police for Madhya Pradesh, and Taj Haasan, head of the fire department, civil defense, and home guards in New Delhi, were also contenders for the CBI Director position besides Sood. Samant Goel, who is an IPS officer from the Punjab cadre class of 1984 and currently heads the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), received a one-year extension until June 30, 2023.
Praveen Sood will succeed Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, the current Director of the CBI, whose two-year term concludes on May 25. Belonging to the 1985 batch of IPS officers, he becomes the third director appointed from the Karnataka cadre. Sood hails from Himachal Pradesh and assumed the position of DG&IGP for Karnataka on February 1, 2020. He is scheduled to retire in May 2024.