The Central Bureau of Investigation has condoled the death of its former chief Rajendra Shekhar who passed away on Monday evening.
He was 88.
During his 14-year stint at the agency in different capacities, the 1957-batch IPS officer of the Rajasthan cadre dealt with high-profile cases like Bofors and the murders of former Army chief General A K Vaidya (Retd) and Nirankari Baba.
The former CBI chief who died at a hospital in Jaipur is survived by his wife, three sons, and a daughter.
Shekhar, who started his CBI stint as SP (Jaipur branch) in 1972 on deputation, went on to lead the agency as its 11th director from January 11, 1990, to December 14, 1990, before he was sent back by the then Chandra Shekhar-led government.
He also held the position of Director General of Police in Rajasthan before retiring from service in 1992.
An alumnus of Mayo College, Ajmer, and St Stephen's College in Delhi, where he met his future wife, Shekhar was an accomplished writer who penned his books in English and Hindi.
"The Officers and all ranks of Central Bureau of Investigation deeply mourn the sad demise of Rajendra Shekhar, former Director, CBI, and pray to the Almighty to provide the family strength, succour, and fortitude to bear with this tragedy," a statement from the probe agency said on Tuesday.