Speaking at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters here shortly after taking over as the new chief, Sinha said, "I am acutely aware of all the challenges... We are committed to preserve the integrity of the agency."

"I seek cooperation from one and all," he added. A 1979-batch Indian Police Services (IPS) officer of Bihar cadre, Sinha replaced Ranjit Sinha who had a controversial tenure as the head of the premier investigative agency.

Sinha was the Special Director in CBI. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared the name of Anil Kumar Sinha who was among the candidates shortlisted by the search committee earlier on Tuesday evening.

The term of Sinha will be for two years from the date he takes charge, an official notification said.

Earlier in on Tuesday, Modi held discussions with the Chief Justice of India and Leader of the main Opposition in Lok Sabha on selecting a new CBI Director.

The panel discussed the names of about 40 officers shortlisted by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), sources said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ranjit Sinha, who had a tumultuous tenure of two years at the helm of affairs in CBI, retired  in the glare of a recent controversy with Supreme Court directing him to recuse from 2G scam probe a fortnight ago.

He was accorded a farewell here at a function where he told his officers and men that all his decisions were taken in the interest of the probe agency.

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