K V Chowdary, former chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), has been appointed the new central vigilance commissioner. Vijai Sharma has been named the new chief information commissioner.
Chowdary and Sharma's appointments were finalized in June 1 meeting of the selection committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and comprising Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Jitendra Singh as well as Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge.
Chowdary, a 1978 batch Indian Revenue Service officer who is currently serving as advisor to the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team on black money, is the first non-IAS to head the Central Vigilance Commission.
Vijai Sharma is a 1974 batch IAS officer who superannuated as environment secretary. He has been serving in the commission as information commissioner since 2012. His appointment is in keeping with the pattern where the senior-most information commissioner has been appointed the chief.