Officer who probed Gujarat riot cases named NIA chief
Officer who probed Gujarat riot cases named NIA chief

YC Modi, an IPS officer who was part of a Special Investigation Team that inquired into the 2002 Gujarat riots, will head the country's top anti-terror body, the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The Indian Police Service (IPS) officer had been named Director General of the agency by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the government.
Modi will hold the post till his superannuation on May 31, 2021, the order said. 

The ACC also approved the appointment of Modi as officer on special duty (OSD) in NIA with immediate effect to ensure a smooth takeover. 

Modi, a 1984 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, is at present special director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 

Modi will take over from Sharad Kumar after he completes his tenure on 30 October. NIA, a federal probe agency, is responsible for probing terrorism and terror-financing related cases.

Sharad Kumar had been the chief of NIA since 30 July , 2013; he was given two extensions — the latest on 23 October last year.
He was part of the SC-appointed SIT that probed the post-Godhra riot cases. He investigated the three most important cases involving the post-Godhra riots: Gulberg Society, Naroda Patiya and Naroda Gam.

The trial in Naroda Patiya case resulted in the most high-profile conviction ever - of former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani who is also facing a trail in Naroda Gam case. While 97 Muslims were killed in Naroda Patiya, riots in Naroda Gam resulted in the death of 11 people. 

In the Gulberg Society massacre case, a total of 69 Muslims were killed, including former Congress member of parliament Ehsan Jafri. The SIT had also summoned the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi to depose before it and found no evidence against him. The court acquitted 36 of the 66 accused and convicted 24.

YC Modi was part of the SC-appointed SIT which probed these high profile cases which resulted in several convictions. 
Another senior IPS officer, Rajni Kant Misra, has been appointed director general of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), which guards the Indo-Nepal and the Indo-Bhutan borders. 

He will hold the post till the date of his superannuation, i.e. August 31, 2019, the DoPT order said. 

Misra, a 1984 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is at present additional director general in the Border Security Force (BSF).

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