CBI new chief Subodh Kumar Jaiswal has a long relation with Maharashtra’s cases, ranging from Deshmukh to Telgi
CBI’s newly appointed director Subodh Kumar Jaiswal is a 1985 batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre, and he has had a fair share of cases in the state during his previous stints while serving in Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). Jaiswal is currently serving as CISF chief, and has also served in Maharashtra for a long duration like in ATS, as Mumbai Commissioner of Police and Maharashtra DGP.
The orders of appointing Jaiswal as CBI Director came on Tuesday that said he would serve at the said post “for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the office or until further orders whichever is earlier”.
Last year while Jaiswal was head of Maharashtra Police, he had a clash with then state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh over transfers in department. Now, as CBI chief he will be investigating corruption charges against Deshmukh after charges were made by former Mumbai Police Chief Param Bir Singh. Jaiswal had also investigated the Telgi fake stamp paper scam while he was heading Maharashtra State Reserve Police Force. The case was later taken over by CBI. While working in the ATS, Jaiswal was a part of investigating team that was probing 2006 Malegaon blasts case.
Before being handpicked for post of Mumbai Police Chief, Jaiswal was working in R&AW for over a decade. The IPS officer from Dhanbad, Jharkhand was then appointed for the sought after post after BJP formed government in Maharashtra under Devendra Fadnavis. After that Jaiswal went on to become Maharashtra DGP. Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon violence cases were investigated under his supervision before they were transferred to CBI. But when BJP was overtaken by Maha Vikas Aghadi government in the state, there were reports of regular tiffs and disagreements and tiffs between Jaiswal and new government, especially Shiv Sena.
Jaiswal had openly expressed discontent on aggressive lobbying by state officers for transfers. He had even refused to sign on some postings. After regular tiffs, Jaiswal had requested a Central deputation for which he was cleared. In January, he was appointed CISF chief and moved to Delhi.
Jaiswal was the senior-most among the three officers that were shortlisted for the CBI Director’s post. On Monday, the appointment was considered by the Prime Minister-led Selection Committee. The other two officers were Sashastra Seema Bal chief K R Chandra and Special Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, V S K Kaumudi.