Karnataka’s Director General of Police, Praveen Sood, has been chosen as the next Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a term of two years.
The high-level committee, which included the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India, and the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, finalized Sood’s name after shortlisting three senior IPS officers for the position. Sood, who graduated from IIT Delhi and joined the IPS in 1986, will succeed the current chief, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, when his tenure ends.
The Director of the CBI is appointed by a committee comprising the Prime Minister, CJI, and the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha for a fixed term of two years, which can be extended to five years. Sood’s impressive career as a police officer includes serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Police in Mysore, Police Advisor to the Government of Mauritius, and Commissioner of Police in Mysore and Bengaluru.
He has also received several awards for his excellence in service, including the Chief Minister’s Gold Medal, Police Medal for Meritorious Service, and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service. As Commissioner of Police in Bengaluru, Sood initiated various women and child safety measures, including the ‘Suraksha’ app and the ‘Pink Hoyasala’ service, managed by all-women cops.
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