Former governor and CBI chief Ashwani Kumar was discovered hanging in his Shimla home on Wednesday, Shimla superintendent of police Mohit Chawla mentioned. He was 69. Police suspect dying by suicide however have made no formal assertion.
Retired police officer AP Singh, who succeeded Kumar on the CBI, described Kumar’s dying “completely stunning”.
“It’s completely stunning. I’ve labored carefully with him as a particular director. He was a gentleman. By no means misplaced his mood. I at all times discovered him very nice, tender spoken; he by no means ever mentioned a phrase to anyone in a raised voice,” AP Singh mentioned about his mild-mannered predecessor on the CBI.
Kumar, a 1973 batch officer of the Indian Police Service, headed the Central Bureau of Investigation from August 2008 to November 2010.
Three years later, the Manmohan Singh authorities appointed him as Nagaland governor in March 2013, upsetting howls of protest from the Bharatiya Janata Occasion. Kumar was the primary CBI chief to be appointed to a gubernatorial workplace. Just a few months later, he was additionally appointed Manipur until December 2013.
Ashwani Kumar, nevertheless, needed to step down from the Nagaland Raj Bhavan weeks after the Bharatiya Janata Occasion got here to energy within the 2014 basic elections and began pushing out governors appointed by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance authorities. Kumar was one of many first to go.
It was throughout his tenure because the CBI chief that the investigation company arrested Union dwelling minister Amit Shah in July 2010 within the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Shah was then the BJP basic secretary and minister within the Gujarat authorities led by chief minister Narendra Modi. Veteran Congress chief P Chidambaram was then the Union dwelling minister.
The 22 accused who confronted trial on this case had been acquitted in December 2018. In a controversial verdict, the decide referred to as it a politically-motivated case designed to implicate political leaders reminiscent of Shah.
Ashwani Kumar had began out as a younger IPS officer in Himachal Pradesh the place he was, again in 1985, the superintendent of police of Shimla district. It was throughout this project that he was chosen within the newly-created Particular Safety Group answerable for the safety of then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
He was within the SPG from 1985 to 1990 in varied capacities together with that of Assistant Director within the Prime Minister’s Workplace. It was throughout this tenure that he got here in shut contact with the Gandhi household.