The government appointed Anil Sinha as the new chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He will take over from Ranjit Sinha who retired 2 December , 2014.

Mr Sinha was the Special Director, the second in command at the agency. His name was among the short-listed candidates chosen after a meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence today.

Mr Sinha, an IPS officer from Bihar, has earlier held several important positions in his home cadre. He has been a part of investigations of a number of disproportionate assets cases.

He has also served as DIG and IG in Special Protection Group, New Delhi, and Additional Secretary in Central Vigilance Commission.

A collegium comprising the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India HL Dattu and the leader of the largest Opposition party or Congress, met for the first time after the anti-corruption Lokpal law was enacted in December.

Mallikarjun Kharge, who leads the Congress in the Lok Sabha, represented the Opposition.