On Thursday, Rakesh Asthana who is an IPS officer was appointed as the chief of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), according to officials.
Asthana who is a cadre officer from Gujarat from the 1984-batch has been appointed as the Director General (DG) of the NCB in an additional capacity. Apart from this, he is already serving as the DG of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
On Wednesday as per an issue ordered by the Union Home Ministry, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet which was headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had approved Rakesh Asthana for "entrustment of the additional charge of the post of Director General Narcotics Control Bureau" for the next six months or until a new incumbent is appointed.
Since July 4 when the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy appointed Abhay as their Director the post of NCB chief was lying vacant.
After a bitter tug of war with the existing chief of the investigation agency Alok Verma, Rakesh Asthana, who was second in command in the CBI, was transferred as DG of the BCAS.
Both Alok Verma and Rakesh Asthana had raised allegations of corruption on each other after which they were sent on leave by the Centre.
An FIR was filed against Rakesh Asthana was registered by the CBI alleging corruption.
However, a strong claim of denial was filed by him stating that he was charged because of a complaint he made against Alok Verma.
The officer at the NCB is expected to evaluate and initiate quality operations to blow the smuggling of narcotics, relations of drugs mafia and couriers and money laundering crimes in light of the Union government's pressure to act against such instances.
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