New CBI chief Jaiswal has a unique mix of experience in spycraft, investigation and administrative supervision

In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 file photo, IPS officer Subodh Kumar Jaiswal hands over the charge of DGP in Mumbai. Jaiswal on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 was appointed as the new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, a 1985-batch Indian Police Service officer, took charge as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director on Wednesday.

Mr. Jaiswal brings along a unique mix of experience in the field of spycraft, investigation and administrative supervision. A “balanced” person: this is how many in the police services describe him.

The Maharashtra cadre officer has served the Research & Analysis Wing for 10 years. He was also on deputation with the elite Special Protection Group for six years. “However, he has never served in the CBI before. In many ways, this will benefit the agency in terms of fresh ideas. The previous chief, Rishi Kumar Shukla, also did not have any prior stint with the CBI,” said an official.

In July 2018, Mr. Jaiswal was appointed as the Mumbai Police Commissioner. He became the Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) in March 2019. During his tenure as the DGP, the Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon cases were probed. The two cases were transferred to the National Investigation Agency.

Mr. Jaiswal had some differences with the State Home Department’s approach towards the transfer and posting of police officers. He had also warned police officers against lobbying for desirable postings. The IPS officer then sought a “no objection” from the State government to secure a Central deputation, which was immediately approved.

He took over as the Central Industrial Security Force chief on January 8, 2021, following which he was empanelled as one of the candidates for selection as Director, CBI.

During his earlier stints with the Maharashtra Police, Mr. Jaiswal was a part of the probe into the infamous Telgi stamp paper scam case that was later transferred to the CBI. He also worked with the State’s Anti-Terrorism Squad during the investigation into the 2006 Malegaon blasts case.

Mr. Jaiswal has been conferred the President Police Medal for Distinguished Services in 2009, Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Services in 2001 and the Internal Security Medal (Central government).

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