Former IAS officer Vijai Sharma will be the next chief information commissioner and adviser to SIT on black money KV Chowdary the central vigilance commissioner, the government decided Monday.
The move comes more than eight months after the information and anti-corruption watchdogs were left without a chief, with the delay prompting criticism of the government. Sharma is the senior-most among the seven information commissioners.
The names, yet to be announced, were cleared by panels headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of which Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge is also a member.
A 1978-batch retired Indian Revenue Service officer, Chowdary was appointed as special investigation team’s adviser in October after he stepped down as the chairman of the central board of direct taxes.
Chowdary has headed several high-profile tax probes, including the 2G spectrum allocation case.