Officer who probed Gujarat riot cases named NIA chief

Officer who probed Gujarat riot cases named NIA chief

NEW DELHI: Senior IPS officer Y C Modi, who was part of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team that probed the 2002 Gujarat riot cases, was on Monday named chief of the National Investigation Agency.
The federal probe agency is tasked with probing terrorism and terror-financing related cases.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved Modi’s appointment as director general of the NIA, said an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
Modi will hold the post till his superannuation on May 31, 2021, the order said.
The ACC also approved the appointment of Modi as officer on special duty (OSD) in NIA with immediate effect to ensure a smooth takeover. Modi, a 1984 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, is at present special director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
He will take over from Sharad Kumar after he completes his tenure on October 30, the order said. Kumar, who was appointed DG NIA in July 2013, has been given two extensions.
In October last year, he was given a one-year extension, apparently to help the agency complete probe in Pathankot terror case and various ISIS related cases. Kumar is the longest serving chief of the NIA. Under his stewardship, the agency started probing “terror” financing cases allegedly involving some separatists in Jammu and Kashmir.

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