D. P. Kohli
Director Central Bureau of Investigation
In office
1 April 1963 (1963-04-01) – 31 May 1968 (1968-05-31)
Succeeded byF. V. Arul

Dharamnath Prasad Kohli was the founder Director of the CBI, India's Central Investigation Agency.[1][2] He held office from 1 April 1963 to 31 May 1968. Before this, he was Inspector-General of Police of the Special Police Establishment from 1955 to 1963. Prior to that, he was police chief in Madhya Bharat and Uttar Pradesh states.[1] He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1967 for his distinguished services by Government of India.[3]

While inaugurating the 4th Biennial Joint Conference of the CBI and State Anti-Corruption Officers, Kohli told the delegates

The public expects the highest standard from you both in efficiency and integrity. That faith has to be sustained. The motto of the CBI - Industry, Impartiality and Integrity: these must always guide your work. Loyalty to duty must come first, everywhere, at all times and in all circumstances.[1]

Since 1999, the CBI has held the annual "DP Kohli Memorial Lecture" In Delhi, in his honour.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c "A Brief History of CBI: Founder Director". Central Bureau of Investigation. Archived from the original on 24 September 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
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  3. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015.
  4. ^ "CBI to celebrate its Golden Jubilee amidst criticism of misuse". Business Standard. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Speech of Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi at 15th D P Kohli Memorial Lecture" (PDF). CBI. 15 April 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014.