The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), on Monday, gave its nod for YC Modi's appointment as the next NIA chief once incumbent Sharad Kumar retires on October 30.
As per the media reports YC Modi an IPS officer of Assam cadre who was also a part of Special Investigating Team (SIT) formed by Supreme Court of India (SCI) to probe 2002 Gujarat Massacre of the Muslims will head the country's top anti-terror body, the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
YC Modi was part of the SC-appointed SIT which probed these high profile cases which resulted in several convictions. He will hold the post till his superannuation, ie 31 May, 2021.
The NIA is tasked with probing terrorism and terror-financing related cases. The former was later shifted to the CBI's special investigations team headed by another additional director RK Asthana, who happens to be from the Gujarat cadre, and was appointed briefly as the acting Director of CBI, till the government had to budge on procedural grounds and appoint a full time head of the apex investigative agency. He will take over from Archana Ramasundram who is retiring from service on September 30.
It was said that Kumar has been given extensions to complete important terror investigations pending with the NIA, including the Pathankot terror attack, the Samjhauta Express attack among others. Misra, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is at present additional director general in the Border Security Force (BSF).
Meanwhile, the ACC has also cleared the appointment of senior IPS officer, Rajni Kant Misra, as the next director general of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
Misra will head the SSB for a period up to the date of his superannuation on August 31, 2019. He will take over the charge from incumbent DG Sharad Kumar.