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Vijay Shankar takes over as CBI chief
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | December 12, 2005 21:47 IST
Vijay Shankar, 1969 batch officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, took charge as the director of Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday at 4.30 in the evening. Soon after assuming charge the new director said that his top priority would be to chase criminals like Dawood Ibrahim and others who are absconding and have taken shelter in Pakistan.
Addressing a press conference, Vijay Shankar said that he was happy that criminal like Abu Salem was brought to India to stand trial for crimes committed by him. Shankar had made several visits to Lisbon to plead for the extradition of Salem and Monica Bedi to India before the Portgese courts and seek the help of the police of that country.
"The Portgal police and the court made Salem's extradition possible with their unprecedented cooperation. If the same cooperation is extended by other countries as well, the fight against terror would go a long way," he said.
Shankar was the Director General of National Disaster Response Force and Civil Defence and was also holding the current charge of Director General, SSB.
Before moving on to the National Disaster Response Force and Civil Defence, he was additional Director in CBI from August 2005 supervising all the three: Economic Offences, Anti-Corruption and Special Crime, 2001 to January, Divisions of CBI besides overseeing investigations related to coordination with Interpol and leading investigating agency like FBI and Scotland Yard. He also served in CBI as Superintendent of Police from 1982 to 1984.
When asked if he would be meeting Salem, Shankar said, "He is not a hero or something that I would go to take his autograph. He is a criminal and I would like to meet him as many times as is necessary for the purpose of investigations," he said.