New Delhi: Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, on Monday took charge as the new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director.

Further, on his first day as the CBI Director, the agency is expected to approach the Supreme Court over the Saradha chit fund scam it is probing. The CBI has alleged that it is facing obstruction from the West Bengal government.

Madhya Pradesh DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla, was appointed as the new CBI Director on February 2. He took over the charge from M Nageswara Rao, who is the acting director of the agency. The decision was taken during a meeting of the panel headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge. Rishi Kumar Shukla is New CBI Chief: Here’s All You Need to Know About Him

“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of IPS Rishi Kumar Shukla as the new CBI Director for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the office,” a tweet by news agency ANI read.

New CBI director has served in Raipur, Damoh, Shivpuri and Mandsaur districts in different capacities. He was recently transferred from the post of DGP to the Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation in Bhopal as chairman.

Further, the post of the CBI director had been lying vacant since January 10 after the ‘hasty’ exit of Alok Verma, following his ugly spat with Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana over corruption charges. After Verma’s ouster, M Nageswara Rao was appointed the interim CBI chief.