GC Murmu resigned as J&K Lt governor on Wednesday Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: A day after resigning as Jammu & Kashmir lieutenant governor (LG), Girish Chandra Murmu has been appointed as the new Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Thursday.

The 1985-batch IAS officer will succeed Rajiv Mehrishi, who is retiring on Friday as he turns 65. The Comptroller and Auditor General is a constitutional post and cannot be left vacant.

A government notification said, “By the virtue of the power vested in him by clause (1) of article 148 of the Constitution of India, the President has been pleased to appoint Shri Girish Chandra Murmu to be the Comptroller and Auditor General of India with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.”

Murmu is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also worked with Modi when he was Gujarat chief minister, said reports.

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