Gujarat cadre 1988 batch IPS officer and Additional Director of CBI Praveen Sinha on Thursday started looking after the duties of Director, CBI.
Former CBI chief Rishi Kumar Shukla retired on Wednesday after a two-year tenure in the agency. As the government is yet to name his successor, it handed over the acting charge to Sinha, who was the senior-most officer in the agency after Shukla.
Praveen Sinha has served in CBI as Superintend of Police, DIG, Joint Director and Additional Director over two stints between 2000-2021. He also served as Additional Secretary, CVC during 2015-2018.
Sinha has served at various places in the state in various capacities from ASP to Additional DG. He has also worked as Deputy Director, ACB, Ahmedabad in 1996. Praveen Sinha has been associated with the investigation of various Supreme Court and High Courts monitored scams, major bank frauds and financial crimes, serial bomb blasts etc.
He was instrumental in unearthing major examination paper leakages including those of CAT and AIPMT.
Praveen Sinha has the unique distinction of having drafted the Manual of both the apex integrity institutions – Vigilance Manual 2017 of Central Vigilance Commission and CBI (Crime) Manual, 2020. He has been involved in several innovative and reform initiatives.
Sinha is a Member of several Reform Committees constituted by the CVC. He is also a Member of the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws constituted by MHA. Praveen Sinha was awarded the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service on Republic Day 2013 and Police Medal for Meritorious Service on Republic Day 2004.