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Rakesh Asthana CBI interim-chief

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New Delhi: For the first time in ten years the prime investigation agency of the country will not have a full time chief as the CBI will be headed by Rakesh Asthana for an interim period after Anil Sinha retired from the post on Friday.

An order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training informed about the appointment saying the competent authority has approved assignment of additional charge of the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to Rakesh Asthana, who is presently serving as Additional Director of the agency with immediate effect until further orders are issued.

Asthana a Gujarat cadre IPS Officer of 1984 batch was the inevitable choice since appointed as the second in command for the post after Special Director R K Dutta one of the big choices for the post was transferred to Home Ministry.

With the collegium responsible for selecting the CBI chief unable to meet a final and permanent appointment to the same could not be made. The collegium comprises Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition or largest party in opposition in Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India.

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