Deshmukh, Telgi, Malegaon, Elgar cases: New CBI chief’s long run in Maharashtra

The new CBI Director, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, is a 1985-batch IPS officer of Maharashtra cadre with long stints in the Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), who incidentally has never served in the agency he was chosen on Tuesday to head.

Currently CISF chief, he has also served for long in Maharashtra, including in the ATS, as the Mumbai Commissioner of Police and the Maharashtra DGP. It was while heading the state police last year that he clashed with then Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh over police transfers.

In a reversal of fortunes, as CBI chief, Jaiswal will now be probing the corruption charges made by former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh against Deshmukh, who has since stepped down from his post.

The government order announcing Jaiswal’s appointment said he would serve as CBI Director “for a period of two years from the date of assumption of charge of the office or until further orders whichever is earlier”.

While he headed the Maharashtra State Reserve Police Force, Jaiswal had investigated the Telgi fake stamp paper scam, which was later taken over by the CBI. In the ATS, he was part of the investigation into the 2006 Malegaon blasts case.

He had been in R&AW for almost a decade when the BJP formed the government in Maharashtra under Devendra Fadnavis, and Jaiswal, who hails from Dhanbad in Jharkhand, was handpicked for the much-sought post of Mumbai Police chief.

Jaiswal went on to become the Maharashtra…

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