New Delhi, Jan 19: Delhi Commissioner of Police Alok Verma has taken charge as the new Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chief on Thursday. As per a previosu report on Jan 17, Verma was appointed after a three member meeting consiting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice JS Khehar and a Congress leader. Prior to that reports claimed that Verma was a front runner for the role of the chief of the CBI.Also Read - PM Modi's Key Meeting with Top Govt Officials on Covid Situation, Vaccination Status Begins

Among the shortlisted candidates, NDTV said that sources claimed that at a three-member committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday evening, Verma got two out of three votes. Also Read - PM Modi Invited to US 'Summit for Democracy', Likely to Participate: Sources

Alok Verma reporetdly got the votes of Prime Minister Modi and Chief Justice JS Khehar, but Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge opposed Verma’s appointment. The Congress rather supported RK Dutta, a former CBI officer. Also lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan who filed a petition challenging the appointment of Gujarat officer RK Asthana as the acting CBI chief of the agency in December. Also Read - 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ Powerful Manifestation Of Constitution's Spirit: PM Modi At Constitution Day Event

A 1979-batch IPS officer, Alok Verma who was previously the Director General of Delhi was opposed by the Congress on grounds of ‘inexperience’.