Praveen Sood named CBI director by a high-level selection committee
NEW DELHI: A day after the Karnataka government changed hands, there is a change of guard in the state police department.
Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood has been appointed as the new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director.
The 1986-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer has been appointed to the new post by a high-level selection committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
The decision was made during a meeting held on Saturday evening, the day the results of the Karnataka assembly election were declared. The appointment comes as the tenure of the current CBI Director, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, is set to conclude on May 25.
“Approval of the Competent Authority is hereby conveyed to the appointment of Praveen Sood, IPS-86 batch, as Director, CBI for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the office vice Subhodh Kumar Jaiswal, consequent upon completion of his tenure,” Nila Mohanan, director, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions (Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), stated in the order.
The move holds significance as sources said that Sood, an IPS officer from the Karnataka cadre, has been seen as someone close to the previous government. It is also understood that the new Congress regime was considering a change at the top post for the state police.
A graduate of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi), Sood started his career as an Assistant Superintendent of Police (Mysore) in 1989. He also served as the Superintendent of Police for Bellary and Raichur. He was then appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) in Bengaluru City.
Sood also went on a foreign deputation as a police advisor to the Government of Mauritius for three years in 1999. There, he worked closely with European and American police.
Sood was instrumental in the arrest of Pakistan-origin terrorists during his stint as Commissioner of Police of Mysore City from 2004 to 2007.
He was also 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.
Sood’s appointment as CBI director comes at a time when the central agency is facing numerous complex challenges in its role of maintaining the rule of law and combating crime, which is of paramount importance.