Former CBI director R K Raghavan, a 1963 batch IPS officer, was formally appointed as Indian High Commissioner to Cyprus on August 30. Earlier, the government had appointed another police officer, Ahmad Javed, as the country’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
As the CBI director from January 1999 to April 2001, Raghavan had investigated high profile cases like Priyadarshini Mattoo murder case, 2000 South Africa cricket match fixing, 2002 Gujarat riots. He has a master’s degree in politics and public administration (Madras University) and an MS in criminal justice (Temple University, Philadelphia). A Ph.D. in political science, he was a visiting fellow at the Rutgers University and Harvard Law School.
Raghavan is a recipient of Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.