Yogesh Chander Modi, a senior officer of the Indian Police Service, took over as the director-general of the National Investigation Agency on Monday. He replaces Sharad Kumar, whose tenure was extended for the second time in October 2016.

Modi was the officer in charge of three cases related to the 2002 Godhra riots. The 1984 batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre was special director at the Central Bureau of Investigation before taking over as NIA chief.

Last month, the Union Cabinet’s Appointments Committee selected Modi based on a proposal from the Home Ministry.

Modi will hold the post until May 31, 2021.

The NIA is a federal probe agency that investigates cases of terrorism and funding of terror.