Former Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Mathur was appointed the new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) by President Pranab Mukherjee.
The 64-year-old Mathur succeeds Sushma Singh, who demitted office on Wednesday, as the sixth chief of the transparency watchdog. His name was recommended by a three-member selection panel headed by outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Mathur's term will be a short three months.
Mathur, a retired IPS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, is credited with revamping the intelligence set up and raising the quality of intelligence gathering and sharing.
He is a recipient of the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service. Mathur joined as information commissioner in March 2012.