YC Modi, who is an IPS officer, has been appointed as the chief of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The NIA focuses exclusively on anti-terror operations and it is the top anti-terror body in the country. It may be recalled that YC Modi was part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that had probed the 2002 Gujarat riots. YC Modi will now serve as the director General of NIA. He was appointed as the chief of NIA by the Appointments Committee of the cabinet which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The new NIA chief will hold the post till May 2021. YC Modi will take charge immediately as the Officer on Special Duty in the NIA. This is being done to ensure a smooth takeover.
YC Modi is a 1984 batch IPS officer from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre. He is currently serving as a special director in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). During his tenure at CBI, he had handled various high profile cases such as the Sheena Bora murder case. YC Modi will take over from Sharad Kumar, who will complete his tenure at NIA on October 30. Kumar was appointed as the NIA chief in 2013 and since then he had received two extensions. The extensions were given primarily to help complete various important investigations such as the Pathankot terror case, the terror strikes in Kashmir, the Burdwan blast and the Samjhauta blast cases.