ML Sharma is likely to be the next Director of CBI after its incumbent Vijay Shanker retires from office on Thursday.
A 1972 batch IPS officer from Rajasthan cadre, Sharma, who brings with him over two decades of service in the CBI, will head the organisation till July 31, 2010 as this post has to have a mandatory tenure of two years as per the directions of the Supreme Court.
A recipient of Police Medal and President Police Medal for Distinguished Service, Sharma is at present posted as Special Director in the CBI.
The 59-year-old Sharma's name was selected out of the panel of three which comprised Director General of Himachal Pradesh Ashwani Kumar and Karnataka Police Chief R Srikumar.
The sources said that Sharma's name had been cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Shanker, a 1969 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, retires on July 31 with a rare distinction of being the longest serving director as his tenure extended till two years seven months.