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Praveen Sood takes over as CBI director, meets agency brass

NEW DELHI: Praveen Sood, a 1986-batch Karnataka cadre IPS officer, took charge as the new director of the Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, replacing Subodh Kumar Jaiswal. He will have a fixed tenure of two years.
Sood, who served as director general of police of Karnataka before his new assignment, held an interaction with the CBI brass soon after taking charge. He was briefed about the priority investigations late in the evening and will be given a detailed presentation on cases and the agency’s functioning over the next few days, sources said.
Known for his integrity and being a hard taskmaster, Sood has served in important positions during his long tenure of about 37 years in the Indian Police Service. He has, however, never served in the CBI before this. Sood has supervised investigation of several high profile cases, involving high net-worth individuals and cases having inter-state as well as international ramifications.
Specifically, his role in the crackdown and ban of extremist group Popular Front of India and his thoughts on handling radical groups during the director general’s conference were appreciated in the intelligence establishment and the government.
He also worked to strengthen CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems) and ICJS (Interoperable Criminal Justice System) networks in Karnataka while working closely with the judiciary.
Born in 1964 in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Sood joined the IPS at the age of 22 in 1986 after graduating from IIT-Delhi. He started his career as an assistant superintendent of police in Mysuru in 1989.


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