Karnataka Director General of Police Praveen Sood has been appointed as the next director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a government order said on Sunday, 14 May.
The 59-year-old has been appointed to the post for a period of two years from the date of taking charge after Subodh Kumar Jaiswal completes his tenure on 25 May, according to officials.
Sood is a 1986-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Karnataka cadre and the senior-most IPS officer in the country after Jaiswal.
His name was cleared on Saturday in a meeting of a high-powered committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
Chowdhury, a Congress leader, had reportedly given a dissent note on the selection of Sood as the next CBI director. However, there was no official word on it.
In the order, the Department of Personnel and Training said, “Approval of the competent authority is hereby conveyed to the appointment of Praveen Sood, IPS (KN:86) as Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the office vice Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, IPS (MH:85) consequent upon completion of his tenure.”
Who is Praveen Sood?
Sood has an impressive educational background. He is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi, IIM-Bangalore, and Syracuse University in New York.
The officer, who was scheduled to retire in 2024, will now have a fixed two-year tenure.
Currently the director general of police in Karnataka, Sood was earlier superintendent of police of the Ballari and Raichur districts, deputy commissioner of police (law and order) and additional commissioner of police (traffic) in Bengaluru City, and commissioner of police of Mysore City.
The IPS officer has also served as the police advisor to the government of Mauritius.
His initiatives, to use technology to better traffic management and provide efficient services to citizens, have earned him awards such as the National E-Governance Gold Award for “Most innovative use of technology for traffic management” in 2011 and the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2006.
During his tenure as additional director general of police (computer wing), Sood oversaw the challenging assignment to implement the Criminal Tracking Network System in Karnataka for real-time monitoring and sharing of information by connecting police stations with the central network.