New Delhi, December 2: CBI Director Anil Sinha today retired from the post handing over the baton to his second-in-command, Gujarat-cadre IPS Officer Rakesh Asthana. As the government failed to find any full-time chief for Central Bureau of Investigation, investigating agency's second-in-command Additional Director Rakesh Asthana will take charge as interim director.
IPS officer Asthana as IG, Vadodara range, he has supervised the initial probe into the Godhra train incident. Asthana was the investigative officer in the Sabarmati terror case in Godhra in which the accused have been convicted. He was also police commissioner of Vadodara and Surat. It is the first time in last 10 years that no new CBI chief has been named to succeed an incumbent. Sinha completed his two-year tenure today.
The CBI Director is selected by a collegium comprising the Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition or leader of the largest party in the opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India. Asthana got elevated as the second-in-command in CBI two days ago when Special Director R K Dutta, who was among the frontrunners for the top post, was shifted to the Home Ministry as a Special Secretary. The post of second special secretary was created for the first time in the ministry.